Training Courses

Course 1: Introduction to School Boards

Introduction to School Boards, taught by experienced school board members and educators from across the nation, offers you critical information and principles of leadership that you'll need to succeed, including:  

  • Legal guidelines for school boards
  • Qualifications to run
  • Influences that shape board decisions
  • Deciding to run for office
  • Essential elements of education
  • Creating positive change when you win! 

This course is a project of Noah Webster Educational Foundation (NWEF), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization helping you bring solutions and improvements to America's schools, one school board at a time.

Discover what school boards do, their power and influence in schools, and what you can do to make things better.

Course 2: School Board Campaign Training

Leadership Institute's School Board Campaign Training features presentations from seasoned conservatives who have served on school boards, plus campaign professionals experienced in local campaigns.

You’ll learn how to design, wage, and raise funds for a successful school board campaign. In addition, you’ll receive briefings and background information you’ll need to be well informed and articulate your own experiences and issue positions to voters in your community.

Political technology determines political success. Get the skills for a successful campaign – it’s essential.

Learn Right: School Board Campaign Training Podcast

Join the Leadership Institute’s Ron Nehring for the Learn Right: School Board Campaign Training Podcast -- a deep dive into political technology for conservatives to use in School Board campaigns.

Noah Webster Educational Foundation | What is NWEF?

Our goal is to improve America's education. We facilitate nationwide conversations to raise awareness of the current state and future potential of education. Learn more at

Noah Webster Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization with the goal of improving America’s education. We facilitate nationwide conversations to raise awareness of the current state and future potential of education. We do this by: 1.) capturing and telling stories, 2.) creating documentaries, 3.) promoting best practices and core principles, and 4.) equipping people to make meaningful change.

We care about school board elections because they are the front lines of educational policy and application. Our goal is to inform citizens about how they can make an impact in schools through grassroots leadership and improved legislation. 

We educate parents and policy makers on the values of a quality school system.

We collaborate with leading industry experts, parents, and you to craft meaningful actions.

We change education and culture through foundational principles and sound policy.

Leadership Institute | What is LI?

The Leadership Institute doesn't analyze policy; it teaches conservative Americans how to influence policy through direct participation, activism, and leadership.

The Leadership Institute's mission is to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative activists and leaders in the public policy process.

To accomplish this, the Institute identifies, recruits, trains, and places conservatives in government, politics, and the media.

Founded in 1979 by its president, Morton C. Blackwell, the Leadership Institute (LI) teaches conservatives the nuts and bolts of how to succeed in the public policy process.

The Institute strives to produce a new generation of public policy leaders unwavering in their commitment to free enterprise, limited government, strong national defense, and traditional values.

Institute graduates are equipped with practical skills and professional training to implement sound principles through effective public policy.

LI offers 47 types of training schools, workshops, and seminars and a top-notch intern program. The Institute also provides an Employment Placement Service to help place conservatives in public policy positions and in the broadcast media, at no cost to employers or job seekers.

Visit our main website here for more training opportunities and to learn more.

The Leadership Institute is a non-partisan educational organization approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a public foundation operating under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code. The Leadership Institute does not endorse, support, or oppose candidates or proposed legislation. The Institute has an open admissions policy; all programs are open to the public. Contributions to the Leadership Institute by individuals, corporations, and foundations are tax deductible.