Presentation on theme: "National Center for Learning and Citizenship"— Presentation transcript:
1 National Center for Learning and Citizenship District Leaders Network
2 Your Untapped Resource: How School Boards Can Support Service-Learning District Leaders NetworkNational Center for Learning and CitizenshipJOANN Henderson, NCLCRich Parker, DLN - South Whidbey School DistrictJim Williams, DLN - West Valley School District
3 Agenda Welcome and Introductions The Role of the School Board Civic Mission of Schools21st Century Learning Opportunity
4 Overview Goals and Objectives: To emphasize the crucial role school board members play in the development and implementation of effective, innovative and sustainable service-learning programsTo provide recommendations on how to partner with board members and cultivate mutually beneficial relationships that support service-learning initiativesTo generate ideas for building a solid district-wide foundation upon which service-learning can grow and thrive
5 Overview Participants will: Get a close-up look at service-learning advocacy from the perspective of school boardsExplore innovative ways to involve and partner with board members to promote service-learning initiativesExamine effective strategies for embedding service-learning into curriculum, and for navigating potential challenges of district-level implementation
7 Role of the School Board School boards provide leadership focused on promoting student achievement through planning, policy setting, advocacy and accountability.
8 Role of the School Board 4 Key RolesVisionStructureAccountabilityAdvocacy
9 Role of the School Board Vision: Planning and GoalsThe Board, with participation by the community, envisions the education future, articulates core values, formulates goals, defines outcomes and sets strategic direction.
10 Role of the School Board Structure: Policies and OperationTo achieve the collective vision, the Board creates an organizational framework which enables strategic planning, policy development, budget approval, and setting high instructional standards.
11 Role of the School Board Accountability: Continuous ImprovementThere is a systematic approach to ongoing assessment of all the organizational components affecting student achievement.
12 Role of the School Board Advocacy: CommunicationThe Board facilitates advancing the community’s interests in education on behalf of all stakeholders. It encourages community engagement and collaboration by providing venues for diverse opinions to be shared and considered.
13 Role of the School Board The SuperintendentDecides What and Determines WhyDecides How and Determines WhenRequest InformationProvides InformationCreates PolicyInstitutes PolicyApproves PlansImplements PlansAdopts BudgetDevelops BudgetGoverns and GuidesAdministers and Manages
14 Role of the School Board School Board Actions:Include Civic Engagement into your Mission Statement (Vision)Integrate Service-Learning Programs into your Strategic Plan (Structure)Allocate Resources (Structure)Provide Professional Development (Structure)Set Policy and Adopt Standards (Accountability)Education Forums and Workshops (Advocacy)
15 Role of the School Board School Board Interaction Activity:1. Do you know your School Board members?2. How would you approach them to discuss this?3. How can you work with your supervisor to partner in this effort?
17 The Civic Mission of Schools For more than 250 years, Americans have shared a vision of a democracy in which all citizens understand, appreciate and engage actively in civic and political life.
18 The Civic Mission of Schools In the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, Congress included this clause:“ Religion, morality, and knowledge, being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.”
19 The Civic Mission of Schools Purpose of Public EducationCitizenship Preserve participative democracy Knowledge Maximize human potential Skills Economic prosperity“Civic education should help young people acquire and learnto use the skills, knowledge, and attitudes that will prepare themto be competent and responsible citizens throughout their lives.”
20 The Civic Mission of Schools Competent and responsible citizens: # 1: Are informed and thoughtful # 2: Participate in their communities # 3: Act politically # 4: Have moral and civic virtues.Have an understanding and awareness of public and community issues; and have the ability to obtain information, think critically, and enter into dialogue among others with different perspectives.
21 The Civic Mission of Schools Strands of Civic Competency:Civic-related knowledgeCognitive and participative skillsCore Civic DispositionsCivic-related knowledgeHistorical and contemporary, such as understanding thestructure and mechanics of constitutional government,and knowing who the local political actors are and howdemocratic institutions function.Cognitive and Participative SkillsThe ability to understand and analyze data aboutgovernment and local issues, and skills that help astudent resolve conflict as part of a group.Core Civic DispositionsMotivations for behavior and values/attitudes whichcan include support for justice and equality and asense of personal responsibility.Participation-related dispositions include support fornorms of participation, and expectations of actualpolitical or social involvement.
22 The Civic Mission of Schools “Goal Displacement”When performance is evaluated in terms of numericaloutputs, there is an incentive to maximize outputs,regardless of whether this is a preferred strategy forachieving desired goals.“As civic learning has been pushed aside, society has neglected a fundamental purpose of American education, putting the health of our democracy at risk”~ Sandra Day O’Connor, Retired Supreme Court Justice
23 The Civic Mission of Schools School District Vision and Mission Statements:Every student is a successful independent learner, empowered for life in the global society of the 21st century.In partnership with our community, we are deeply committed to provide our students with the best educational experience, preparing them to become capable, creative, caring, and responsible citizens.School Board Policies:Canby School District, Canby, OregonGreendale School District, Greendale, Wisconsin
24 The Civic Mission of Schools Create a Mission Statement:What are some of the important elements that would support service-learning?School Board Policy:Write a general service-learning policy for your district.
26 21st Century Learning Opportunity A Global Society – Our World is Rapidly ChangingDigital GenerationThe Flow and Access of InformationCommunication and Social NetworksCollaboration and Cross-Cultural RelationshipsEconomic Global Landscape
27 21st Century Learning Opportunity The 5 C’s – Skills in a New ContextCritical ThinkingCommunicationCreativity and Problem SolvingCross-Cultural Relationship BuildingCollaboration
28 21st Century Learning Opportunity The Seven Survival Skills for Global AchievementCritical Thinking and Problem SolvingCollaboration across Networks and Leading by InfluenceAgility and AdaptabilityInitiative and EntrepreneurialismEffective Oral and Written CommunicationAccessing and Analyzing InformationCuriosity and ImaginationThe Global Achievement Gap; Tony Wagner
30 Driving Forces: Conclusion Reauthorization of ESEA Renewed Public Agenda for ServiceEvidenced-based Best Practices and Standards for Service-Learning
31 ConclusionBenefits of Service-Learning that will grab the attention of School Boards:Improved Student Engagement in School and LearningEnhanced Civic Responsibility and CitizenshipStrengthened Personal and Social Skills
33 Contact InformationJoAnn Henderson: Rich Parker: Jim Williams: Education Commission of the States: National Center for Learning and Citizenship: National School Board Association:
34 The Civic Mission of Schools Schools Boards are… “ that Dark Island of American governance, the institution that everyone knows of but few understand.” Neal Peirce, SchoolBoards: Strengthening Grassroots Leadership, 1986