Tuesday, June 9, 2015

School Board Governance Recognition
awards available

School boards that learn and practice effective governance behaviors are facing an August 1 application deadline to complete requirements and file their papers in IASB’s School Board Governance Recognition program.

The awards program acknowledges boards that display effective governance behaviors as identified in IASB’s Foundational Principles of Effective Governance (see the list of principles online at www.iasb.com/principles.cfm).

To earn the recognition, boards must display effective governance behaviors both through participation in and support for board development programs and events. The primary focus is on the entire school board’s development and participation rather than individual board member efforts.

Applications are available on IASB’s Members Only website under the “IASB involvement” tab. To help facilitate what boards need to do to complete the application, a checklist is available for download at http://www.iasb.com/training/governancechecklist.pdf. Additional information and details can also be found in a tutorial video, available online.

“Effective school boards understand that excellence in local school board governance requires the full board’s commitment to obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to good governance,” 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 legacy for the district, the community and, most importantly, its students,” he added.

Applications are due by August 1. The Board Governance Recognition Award Committee will review applications in August and shortly after notify the award recipients. Boards that meet the requirements will be awarded at fall division meetings and acknowledged in the IASB Information Room at the Joint Annual Conference in November. Boards may apply for the award every two years.

Questions about the School Board Governance Recognition program should be directed to IASB field service directors or to the board development department at 217/528-9688 ext. 1144.