WHY THE SCHOOL BOARD ACADEMY?
In response to the increased focus on and impact of school boards on American families, Family Policy Foundation has developed the first national school board training program delivered from a biblical worldview for pro-family school board members and candidates. The fully online program will prepare school board members and candidates for the challenges they will face and equip them for successful service that honors God, protects children, and preserves parents’ rights.
“Very, very, very highly qualified presenters have been gathered for this academy! On behalf of the future of America, thank you! The most important race in America is the race for the school board. We win back our children, we save our nation.”
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, WASHINGTON
THE SCHOOL BOARD ACADEMY IS NOW AVAILABLE ON-DEMAND!
Complete the School Board Academy at your own pace and on your own time.APPLY HERE
WHAT DOES THE ACADEMY OFFER?
The School Board Academy will provide practical, accessible education for new school board members and candidates that includes:
- Worldview training
- School board jurisdiction and responsibilities
- How to navigate the system and achieve goals
- Robert’s Rules of Order
- Constitutional issues and law relevant to school boards
- Curriculum standards and decision-making
- Hot topics including CRT, gender theory and parental rights
- Model policies and additional resources
HOW DOES THE ACADEMY WORK?
- Interested school board members and candidates will apply to the School Board Academy via online application
- Upon acceptance, students will register for a 3-night training session
- Training will be delivered live, online, from subject matter experts and experienced school board members
- Students will have opportunity to ask questions and engage with their instructors each evening
- Training will last 2.5 hours per night for a total of 7.5 hours
- The cost of the 3-night training is $179 — scholarships are available
GRADUATES OF THE SCHOOL BOARD ACADEMY WILL BE EQUIPPED TO…
Be a voice for the family and boldly defend biblical values.
Navigate curriculum and social issues from a biblical worldview.
Treat the opposition with dignity and communicate winsomely.
IS THERE SUPPORT AFTER GRADUATION FROM THE SCHOOL BOARD ACADEMY?
Yes, in addition to the three-night virtual training series, Family Policy Foundation will facilitate the School Board Exchange to provide graduates with ongoing support, continuing education, and a forum to network and fellowship with like-minded colleagues. Membership in the School Board Exchange is included in the $179 class fee.
“The School Board Exchange website is going to be an awesome resource as I am onboarding. Sometimes you need quick resources and a limited amount of time. Much of the work has been condensed and organized which will save a lot of time!”
JOHN R. ANDERSON
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER, MINNESOTA
ENDORSEMENTS FROM ELECTED OFFICIALS
“A must for any Christian lawmaker”
SEN. JOHN LOWE
“This academy will have positive and eternal effects on our nation”
REP. BRUCE SKAUG
“Quality people and excellent content”
REP. BEN TOMA
ARIZONA MAJORITY LEADER
“Hands down the most beneficial training to me personally and professionally.”
SEN. RENEE ERICKSON
“I’m grateful for all that FPF does to resource those of us in the Body of Christ involved in politics. We need you!”
REP. TONY RANDOLPH
“Family Policy Alliance is one of the most trusted values-based advocacy groups in America.”
U.S. SENATOR KEVIN CRAMER
WHY THE INCREASED FOCUS ON SCHOOL BOARDS?
Once a largely overlooked area of local government, school boards have quickly become a focal point for American families. As parents and children faced mass school closings and onerous pandemic-related mandates in 2020 and 2021, their attention turned to school board members and administrators who decided how learning would change in the COVID era.
While education shifted from in-person to nearly all virtual, parents became aware of disturbing trends in curriculum, bias among teachers and administrators, and dangerous school policies. As a result, concerned parents and citizens took action—through contact with school board members, participation in school board meetings, volunteering on school board campaigns, and in some cases—by running for school board themselves.
Family Policy Foundation is the education arm of Family Policy Alliance. Family Policy Foundation trains and educates statesmen and women serving in elected office – from Congress to state legislatures, and now, to local school boards. The premier education program of Family Policy Foundation, the Statesmen Academy has trained nearly 150 state lawmakers since 2016 and boasts a vibrant Alumni Community through which legislators receive continuing education, timely policy resources, and the blessing of ongoing fellowship with their peers.
Family Policy Alliance is a national alliance-building ministry founded by Focus on the Family. Since 2004, Family Policy Alliance has advanced pro-family policies and candidates through advocacy and elections while giving pro-family Americans a voice at all levels of government. Family Policy Alliance is host to state-level Family Policy Councils in 40 states and a variety of national alliances to advance its mission and vision: a nation where God is honored, families thrive, religious freedom flourishes, and life is cherished.
WHY SUPPORT FAMILY POLICY FOUNDATION IN OUR MISSION
Family Policy Foundation is uniquely positioned to meet the need for practical, ideological training for conservatives “learning the ropes” on school boards across the country. Drawing on seven years of experience training state legislators through the successful Statesmen Academy, the alliance of 40 state Family Policy Councils we host, and our combined network of more than one million advocates, Family Policy Foundation is prepared to equip new school board members with Christ-centered training to affect change and promote family values in K-12 education.
Through your tax-deductible gift Family Policy Foundation can offer scholarships to more applicants, expand the number of sessions throughout the year, and further market the School Board Academy to reach and train the maximum number of school board members to make a lasting impact in our communities.