Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Governance recognition program honors board work

Application forms are available here.
The deadline is nearly at hand for school boards to file an application for consideration  in IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition program.

The  program acknowledges boards of education that learn and practice effective governance behaviors as identified in IASB’s Foundational Principles of Effective Governance and participate in IASB programs and activities. 

The program’s primary focus is on full board development and participation rather than individual board member efforts.

“Excellence in local school board governance requires full board commitment to obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to good governance, which is something effective school boards understand,” said Dean Langdon, IASB’s associate executive director, board development and TAG.

It is that commitment that provides the opportunity for the board to practice and model continuous improvement and life-long learning for the staff, students and community, according Langdon. In return, the board becomes better prepared to make a difference, to provide leadership for district improvement and to leave a lasting legacy for the district, the community and, most importantly, its students, he added.

The awards are handed out at division meetings in the fall.
To help facilitate what boards need to do to complete the application, a checklist is available for download now. Additional information and details can also be found in an online tutorial video.

Applications are due by Aug. 3. Boards that meet the requirements will receive awards at fall division meetings and get acknowledgement at the Joint Annual Conference in November. Boards may apply every two years.

Questions about the School Board Governance Recognition program should be directed to Peggy Goone at extension 1103 or by email at: pgoone@iasb.com.