New Year. New Learning.

MacKenzie Feldpausch

By MacKenzie Feldpausch, MASB Learning Manager

DashBoard, Jan. 11, 2017

The beginning of a new year is a time when many of us look toward the coming months with great expectation. The calendar pages are still crisp, and possibilities are plentiful. For leaders, there is no lack of opportunities to do good work, and those calendar pages that seemed infinite on Jan. 1, start flying by in no time at all.

January is a great time to take a look at the learning you intend to do in the year to come. Whether you’ve been a board member for weeks or years, there are always skills to acquire and knowledge to discover. Having a plan in place is a good first step; however, there are things we can do to help make sure our plans don’t crumble.

Survey your needs—Take the time to think about what tools you already have and what skills you still need to attain. Where is your district headed this year?

Schedule your time—Block out time in your calendar now. Without this step, even the most well-intentioned plans can get lost in the shuffle of life. Take advantage of those still empty calendar pages, and schedule the time you’ll invest in your learning.

MASB has opportunities for you in the upcoming months:

Share your experience—Whether you’re planning to go to the gym or join a book club, the odds of following through increase dramatically when you invite someone else to join you. If you invite a fellow board member to attend a CBA Weekend or MASB’s Annual Leadership Conference, not only will your board’s learning increase, your experience will be richer as well.

As leaders in our communities, school board members spend much of their time giving to others. Here, at the beginning of a new year, is a good time to remember that the learning you will do this year has a wide reach. It’s for you. It’s for your board. It’s for your community.

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