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. Critical Race Theory (CRT) and radical gender theory were among the most concerning findings that prompted parents and other adults to look for ways to affect change and advocate for their children and values. Concerned parents and citizens began to contact school board members, participate in school board meetings, engage in public debates about curriculum and mandates, advocate for change on school boards, and in some cases—run for school board themselves.

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.

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WHAT DOES THE ACADEMY OFFER?

The School Board Academy will provide practical, accessible education for new school board members and candidates that includes:

  • Training in statesmanship and biblical worldview
  • Nuts and bolts of school board service
  • Jurisdiction and responsibilities of school board members
  • How to navigate the system and achieve your goals
  • Current hot topics facing local school boards
  • Robert’s Rules of Order
  • Model policies
SEE COURSE OUTLINE
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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 cohort.
  • 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 total.
  • The cost of the 3-night training is $179.
  • Scholarships are available.
APPLY HERE

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.

WHO WE ARE

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.


ENDORSEMENTS FROM STATESMEN ACADEMY ALUMS & NATIONAL ALLIES

“A must for any Christian lawmaker”

SEN. JOHN LOWE

NEBRASKA

“This academy will have positive and eternal effects on our nation”

REP. BRUCE SKAUG

IDAHO

“Quality people and excellent content”

REP. BEN TOMA

ARIZONA MAJORITY LEADER

“Family Policy Alliance’s vital work has never been needed more than today.”

JIM DALY, PRESIDENT

FOCUS ON THE FAMILY

“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

SOUTH DAKOTA

“Family Policy Alliance is one of the most trusted values-based advocacy groups in America.”

U.S. SENATOR KEVIN CRAMER

NORTH DAKOTA

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 cohorts 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.

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