Sunday, October 1, 2017

Honor local school
board members on Nov. 15

On Nov. 15, school districts throughout the state will have the opportunity to thank and recognize their local board of education members by celebrating Illinois School Board Members Day. Created by the legislature in 2008, the annual day of recognition honors board members for their service and leadership toward educational success.

The 2017 theme is “Leading by Learning.” Being a great leader requires a commitment to continual learning. School board members participate in professional development opportunities to learn how to improve their skills and become better board members. They take time out of their personal lives to ensure they are tuned-in to the needs and wants of the school district and community.

Board members play a critical role in representative democracy and strive to protect two precious resources: children and tax dollars. They volunteer their time and are committed to their board responsibilities, not for a paycheck, but to create quality educational opportunities for the students in their school district.

To assist district recognition efforts, IASB has created a package of materials to honor the dedication of local school board members. Illinois School Board Members’ Day resources include a themed logo, sample press release, letter, and article, as well as marquee messages, Illinois school facts, and an honorary certificate that can be personalized and presented to board members. Leadership quotes that can be incorporated into newsletters or used on social media are also available.

Districts are welcome to use any of the School Board Members’ Day resources without additional permission. All the materials are accessible online. Districts are encouraged to share their honorary efforts with IASB on the Association’s Facebook page and Twitter account to share with interested followers.