Robert’s Rules for School Board Directors

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Learn how to use Robert’s Rules for better meetings

You’re elected to serve your school community….which means your job involves school board meetings - lots and lots of meetings.

You know the pain of inefficient and unproductive meetings:

  • Personal agendas that don’t benefit the community you serve, meaning struggle and roadblocks during discussions
  • Lack of trust among members so people don’t listen
  • Some members like to argue… for the sake of argument
  • Conflict between the superintendent and some board members

If your school board meetings sound like this then you need help.

Jurassic Parliament has everything you need to learn core principles of Robert’s Rules.

We will also show you how to get other colleagues to understand and adopt them for fair, democratic, and effective meetings.

What will better meetings mean for you?

Greater job fulfilment

Better managed meetings mean you will make a positive impact on the school community you were elected to serve.

Increased community benefit

Effective meetings mean that your schools, students, and staff benefit from better services.

It takes less time to make a decision so services are offered faster.

Less time wasted

No one appreciates wasting valuable hours.

Decisions are made more quickly because everyone understands and agrees to follow Robert’s Rules.


Hi. I’m Ann Macfarlane.

I know the frustration of ineffective school board meetings. I can help you change your next meeting:

Master parliamentary procedures

Stop bullies who just want to argue

Get your voice heard

Solicit cooperation from other elected colleagues

I’ve worked as a diplomat for the U.S. Government. Through my work as a translator, I’ve helped hundreds of people communicate effectively across cultures.

Sixteen years of experience working with electoral bodies means I have answered 100s of actual on-the-job questions about Robert’s Rules. I can help you, too. I work with school boards, professional associations, unions, and anyone who wants better meetings.

I’m a Professional Registered Parliamentarian and I know how effective school boards work.

In fact, together with my partner, Andrew Estep, we wrote the book for local government: Mastering Council Meetings. There’s nothing like our book. Click here to purchase on Amazon.

Ann Macfarlane is a trusted trainer for these organizations:

What a terrific day of training that was for our members! People were thrilled and surprised at how much they had learned! This morning everyone is still abuzz about the training. They are sharing at their tables what they learned and they are all speaking about how you gave them words to use.

Lon Garrison and Timi Tullis, Association of Alaska School Boards

I have been using the tips you taught at the workshop and have a board chair and vice chair who are eager to hear – and implement – what I learned. Your training is the best I have had in my nearly 18 years in this job. Thank you!

Julie Catala, former Executive Assistant, Corvallis OR School Board

What an amazingly fun way to learn what can be a dry and difficult subject! I thoroughly enjoyed learning more about boardroom procedures this way. I’m even inspired to try and read through “Robert’s Rules of Order” now!

Participant, Oregon School Boards Association workshop


Quick Introduction to Robert’s Rules
email course

  • Short emails to cover key information
  • Easy to read and absorb in 5 minutes a day
  • Builds the foundation for your school board
  • Enjoyable and interesting content, highly practical



Great School Board Meetings
on-demand webinar

  • On Demand to watch when it fits your schedule
  • In-depth training in under an hour
  • Get a group license so your whole board can watch and learn together
  • Tailored materials specific to school districts



Take Control of Your Meetings Using Robert’s Rules
online course

  • Learn at your own pace, anywhere, any time
  • Each lesson is short averaging 6 minutes
  • Entertaining video clips bring the message home
  • Pages and pages of printable resources for quick reference


Would you like greater clarity about the role of the board president?

Former Board President John Burton and Superintendent Sam Jarman of the Alpine School District, Utah, have written a powerful article that includes 5 promises a school board director should never make.

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