Board Book Study

High-performing districts understand the importance of providing quality professional development for teachers, administrators and staff. Professional development is also essential for the members of the school board. The most effective professional development engages teams to learn together, focus on the needs of students, and problem-solve in order to support student achievement.

A board book study provides quality professional development at minimal cost. Explore these options.

Blind Spot: Hidden Biases of Good People – MSBA Facilitated Virtual Book Study

by Mahzarin R. Banaji and Anthony G. Greenwald

The authors are the Harvard professors whose ground-breaking research brought to light that all of us carry hidden biases that can and do affect how we interact with others and navigate the world. Preparation for reading, guiding questions and facilitated activities are provided for each chapter. Board members who complete the book study may earn up to 3 CBM credits toward board member certification.

This virtual book study will allow whole boards and individual board members to engage virtually with others from across the state. There is no cost to MSBA members, but registration is required.

Option A: Monday Evening Series – October 19,, November 2 and November 16, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Registration deadline is October 12, 2020. Register here for Option A.

Option B: Friday Breakfast Club Series – October 23, November 6 and November 20, 2020 from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration deadline is October 16, 2020. Register here for Option B.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Board Book Study Guide

by Dr. Robert Putnam

This study guide will assist you in the reading and discussion of Our Kids:The American Dream in Crisis. The guide is intended to be used by the district’s governance team of board members, the superintendent, and other central office administrators. There is a discussion guide and supporting resources for each chapter. This guide is free to MSBA members. Explore the Our Kids Study Guide here.

Book Study Guide for Use with a Book of Your Choice

This brief guide provides suggestions for organizing a whole board book study with any book the team selects. Tips for selecting a book, establishing norms for the study sessions, setting a calendar for the discussions and strategies for the discussions are included. This guide is free to MSBA members. Explore the Book Study Guide here.

For more information contact Leadership Development at or call (573) 445-9920, ext. 329.