The focus of the program is to acknowledge full board development and participation, instead of individual board member accomplishments.
“The School Board Governance Recognition aims to honor select boards for the great work they do in governing their school system,” said Dean Langdon, IASB’s associate executive director for board development and TAG.
“Throughout Illinois, numerous school boards are establishing a vision for their schools, connecting with their community, modeling a productive relationship with their administration, and monitoring student achievement,” Langdon added.
In order to qualify for the award, boards must demonstrate how they are meeting the Foundational Principles of Effective Governance in areas that include:
- Adopting and communicating the districts’ mission, vision, and goals;
- Implementing a superintendent evaluation process that culminates in an annual superintendent evaluation;
- Conducting regular policy reviews and maintaining an updated policy manual;
- Having an agreed upon, written, and adopted code of conduct;
- Connecting with the community on issues of importance to the district; and
- Practicing effective governance behaviors by participating in board development programs and events.
A checklist of the criteria necessary to qualify for the award is available on the IASB website.
Additional information and guidance about the application process can be found in an online tutorial video.
The recognition covers a two-year period so honorees from 2015 need not apply.
School boards that earn Governance Recognition Awards will be presented with plaques at IASB’s fall division meetings, and photos of successful applicants will be on display at the 2016 Joint Annual Conference in November.
Questions about the award program should be directed to Peggy Goone, ext. 1103, or by emailing her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.