As a board member, how often do you remind yourself "what's best for our kids," particularly when discussions go wrong, personalities clash and building consensus becomes unattainable? Student achievement is more than test scores. High-achieving boards of education maintain an emphasis on collaboration and empowering their administrative teams to help each and every student. This workshop welcomes the leadership team – the board, superintendent and treasurer – to gather information that can be used for a refocus on kids.
Snapshot of your board role
Teri Morgan, deputy director of board and management services, OSBA
Understanding and embracing your role on the team and “staying in your lane” is extremely important. A brief overview of roles and responsibilities will set the stage for the day’s discussions.
When controversy comes to call
Jennifer A. Hardin, deputy director of legal services, OSBA
Even seasoned school boards can crack when their districts face controversy. Identify common controversies that boards may face, including contentious public participation sessions, employment matters that become PR nightmares and other sensitive, controversial or uncomfortable issues that boards are asked to address. Leave with practical tips and recommendations for resolutions to help keep external conflicts from affecting your board's cohesion.
Communication and consensus
Choosing our words seems so simple, but the wrong words often cause conflict. Review the basics of communication and get tips for improving conversations and social media interactions.
Students in the spotlight
Kim Miller-Smith, senior student achievement consultant and regional manager, OSBA
Board members can work with the community in constructive efforts to increase learning opportunities and student achievement or they can behave in ways that undermine the effort. What makes the difference? What are the critical factors that accurately predict high or low student achievement in a district? Learn research-based best practices to keep your students in the student achievement spotlight.
Show and tell