Four awards comprise the program: service, training, aptitude and recognition. Previously, points for activities related to service and training were used for the Award of Achievement and Master Board Member honors. Now, the Service and Training awards have been separated based on the type of activity.

Service: Points for the Service Award accrue from local school board, district, region and state leadership, including service on OSBA committees and local board offices and committees. The Service Award requires 150 points to be earned within a three-year period. This award does not require an application; the board member will be notified when he or she has earned the requisite points.

Training: Points for the Training Award are earned from professional development events and activities delivered by OSBA or the National School Boards Association (NSBA). The Training Award requires 200 points earned over a three-year period. This award does not require an application; the board member will be notified when he or she has earned the requisite points.

Aptitude: A new category, the Aptitude Award, requires a board member to demonstrate an understanding and comprehension of a variety of board governance skills based on six leadership areas: vision, accountability, policy, community engagement, relationships and advocacy. To receive this award, board members must receive an 80% passing score on an online assessment. The assessment will be offered in June and July and may be taken multiple times by a board member who does not receive an 80% score and wants to try again during the annual assessment period.

Recognition: A board member may be nominated for the Recognition Award by his or her own school board by a majority vote of the board. This award replaces the previous Outstanding Board Member Award and honors board members most dedicated to the craft of being a model board member.

Timeline

Board members began accumulating points for the Service and Training awards in January 2019. You have three calendar years in which to accumulate points for these awards. Board members will be emailed notifications when they have accumulated the required points and recognized at the spring region conferences following the notifications.

Board members can be honored with the Recognition Award in 2020. Materials to help prepare for the assessment for the Aptitude Award will be available in spring 2021, and the testing period will be in June and July 2021. Awards will be given at the fall region conferences.