PSBA offers members a variety of live education and networking events throughout the year. Some events highlight foundational content or aspects of Pennsylvania public education. Other events cover timely topics, offering members direct access to experts, along with best practice exchanges among peers. The goal of every gathering is to support school directors and other district leaders in exemplifying PSBA’s Principles for Governance and Leadership through governing effectively, leading responsibly, acting ethically, advocating earnestly, planning thoughtfully, evaluating continuously and communicating clearly. Check below for details on signature events, including specific locations as they become available.
Registration is available via myPSBA.org. The myPSBA member portal is your resource for event registrations, online learning and connecting with members statewide. Browse and view online learning courses and recorded webinars, and register for signature and featured events. Keep track of your course enrollment and your progress toward badges and certificates. Need to complete required training? Log onto myPSBA to see requirements specific to your role and to take courses.
To plan your educational event calendar a year in advance, check out the Year of Learning catalog.
Essentials of Board Leadership Webinar Workshop Series
January 13 – April 14, 2021
Being elected to board leadership demonstrates the confidence and trust of board colleagues. The board president has responsibilities that are different than those of any other member of the board, and the vice president supports those responsibilities in various ways. PSBA is here to support board presidents, vice presidents and superintendents as they serve and lead PA public school boards. Join us for a four-month workshop series exclusively for leaders in these positions. Each workshop will offer 75 minutes of professional development. First, hear from experienced board leaders through a panel discussion followed by smaller breakout room discussions among attendees from across the state.
March 30 – April 1, 2021
Join us for 2021 Sectional Meetings – a series of three virtual meetings open to all members featuring expert presenters from PSBA, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL), the Office of the Attorney General, and an exclusive presentation and Q&A with PA Governor Tom Wolf. Topics covered include social and emotional learning for school leaders, Safe2Say Something and threat assessment requirements, Gov. Wolf’s proposed budget, state and federal advocacy efforts, as well as social media and leadership on digital platforms. All three meetings are complimentary for members and held via Zoom.
Spring Legal Roundup: School Directors
April 28, 2021
PSBA's Spring Legal Roundup: School Directors is an engaging and interactive three-hour educational event that provides important updates on significant developments in school law impacting the decision-making of all school leaders.*
*This event is designed for school directors. Please note that although attorneys are welcome to participate, we are unable to offer continuing legal education credit for this presentation.
School Board Secretaries Conference
School board secretaries are an essential part of school boards’ success. This event is designed specifically to meet the networking and training needs of these key employees. Check back soon for more information about the July 2021 School Board Secretaries Conference!
Virtual Solicitors Symposium
July 8-9, 2021
The annual Solicitors Symposium provides an informative and relaxed training and networking opportunity for school attorneys, with the added opportunity to earn CLE credits. This program focuses on topics of special legal significance, featuring Pennsylvania’s experts in various areas of school law practice.
September 27, 2021
During the last year, educational leaders have faced glaring inequities that have been exacerbated by a global pandemic. What has emerged is an understanding that education must evolve to meet the needs of all students. Classrooms and boardrooms in every Pennsylvania district must understand equity as the foundation of public education and work to address injustice within their schools. The 2021 PSBA Equity Summit seeks to identify equitable practices, highlight stories of change, and provide strategies for moving Pennsylvania schools toward systems that honor our students’ hopes, dreams and potential.
September 27, 2021
2021 Start Strong is PSBA’s second iteration of the inaugural 2019 event. PSBA is offering it as a single-day preconference program to support attendees in creating an effective onboarding plan based on best practices and thoughtful prioritization. Grounded in PSBA’s Principles for Governance and Leadership, attendees will hear best practices from their colleagues, PSBA trainers, and an experienced school director and board leader. Participants will leave with a full year’s schedule, a comprehensive and customizable onboarding manual, and a guidance document for board leaders to plan their own onboarding process.
September 27-29, 2021
The Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA) and PSBA host a joint, multi-day conference for school leaders from across the commonwealth. Serving and supporting the role of school administrators and school board directors, the programming of the event is designed to inform and inspire. The purpose of the conference is to equip you for the challenges of your education leadership role by bringing learning opportunities, product and service offerings, along with networking, together for a maximized attendee experience.
School Law Workshop
September 27, 2021
The annual School Law Workshop, held in conjunction with the PASA-PSBA School Leadership Conference, offers valuable networking and learning opportunities for school attorneys and school officials. Presentations provide an overview of legal issues school entities across the commonwealth may face, including occurrence from the past year and insight on what’s likely to come. Participants may earn up to 5.5 continuing legal education credits. Always a highpoint of the event is the presentation of the PA School Board Solicitors Association’s “President’s Award for Distinguished Career Achievement in School Law.”
October 23, 2021
The PSBA Delegate Assembly is our association-wide business meeting that includes platform and bylaws consideration, financial updates and leadership election results. The 2021 Delegate Assembly will occur on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at 9:00 am at PSBA Headquarters in Mechanicsburg, PA and will also be accessible via Zoom.
October 14, 2021
PSBA connects you with state legislators to advocate powerfully and directly on behalf of your districts, region and public education. This is your opportunity to apply your advocacy skills by engaging with leaders on the Hill, along with other school directors who are passionate about public education. You will understand and be able to clearly voice PSBA’s legislative priorities alongside stories and concerns from your district.
Spring Legal Roundup: Attorneys*
PSBA's Spring Legal Roundup is an engaging and interactive three-hour educational event that provides important updates on significant developments in school law. Participants may earn up to three substantive continuing legal education credits.
*PSBA is accredited by the Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education Board as a provider of continuing legal education (CLE) programs in both in-person and distance learning formats.
Build brand awareness with school board leaders and administrators through sponsorship of PSBA Signature Live Events. For information, contact Deb Harrington, partnerships manager, (717) 506-2450, x-3326.
*Note: All-Access school entities can send all nine school directors, superintendents, business managers and board secretaries to as many live and online programs as they like, except for multiday events and customized workshops.