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NSBMA believes that preparing students to serve on school boards is fundamental to successful and effective student board members. Understanding board budgets, operating within Roberts Rule of Order, and evaluating plans to raise test scores are complicated but essential aspects of governance . We believe that when student board members understand education policy, they are best equipped to represent students and strengthen the entire school board.

NSBMA hosts conferences designed to equip the nation’s student board members for a distinctive term of service dedicated to a student constituency. NSBMA’s conferences take a hands-on approach to learning, providing current student board members with first-hand experience in writing resolutions, pitching policy, balancing budgets, and communicating with their student body. 

Recognizing the unique role of students serving on school boards, NSBMA’s START Conference trains the nation’s incoming Student Board Members in preparation for a term of service and dedication to a sole student constituency. 

NSBMA's START Conference curriculum utilizes informational, experiential, and intergenerational education to train student board members on board service. 

The START Conference experience deeply immerses delegates into the intricate technicalities of board service and the reality of student board service.

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