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1 Preparing Urban School Board Members for 21 st Century Learning Preparing Urban School Board Members for 21 st Century Learning NSBA CUBE Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday, September 28 th 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 1

2 Welcome and Introductions Karen Cator Director, Education Leadership and Advocacy Apple Mark Willis Assistant Executive Director Georgia School Boards Association Chief Operating Officer eBOARDsolutions 2

3 Session Objectives To gain a better understanding of what skills will be required for our students in the 21 st Century Policy Implications to support 21 st Century Learning How to effectively govern public education to support 21 st Century Learning 3

4 Begin with the End in Mind What is the Purpose of Public Education? To help every child we serve reach their full potential, achieve their dreams and become productive citizens. 4

5 Change 5

6 What’s Changed? World Workforce Public Education 6

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8 What did you see in the classroom pictures? Students Teacher Desk Chair Paper Pencil Chalk Board Microscope 8

9 Why do we need to change? To improve the quality of life. 9

10 21 st Century Learning 10

11 Karen to insert slides here on 21 st Century Learning? 11

12 Policy Implications for 21 st Century Learning 12

13 Purpose of Policy Development Provide direction Support student learning and stakeholder engagement Ensure safety Define boundaries Satisfy legal requirements 13 GOAL: Maximize potential while minimizing risk

14 Policy Implications Questions to Consider What else we do we need to teach? What do we no longer need to teach? Has education become a 24/7 open campus with numerous opportunities for creating learning opportunities within and outside the building? – Classroom management is no longer just about discipline, it’s managing classrooms – virtual and physical, collaborative teams, different avenues of communication and presentation for students. – If so, how do we need to reconfigure our classrooms and buildings? 14

15 Policy Implications Questions to Consider Do we need to collaborate more with other entities to serve the whole community? How do we create a framework where students are active partners but the teachers and administrators still maintain authority? If we believe that each person should be a lifelong learner, what does that mean for the students, for the teachers, for the policymakers? How are we modeling that belief? How are we creating an environment in which students set that goal and live it? 15

16 Policy Implications Questions to Consider What data is most appropriate for targeting resources, monitoring performance, and setting goals? Whose going to manage all the information and how? How do we learn to think critically and evaluate the quality of usefulness of data? How do we provide access to resources 24/7/365? 16

17 Policy Impact: Issues to Consider Laptop Initiatives Use of Web 2.0 tools (Social Networking, Blogs, Wikis, etc.) Online Expression for students and staff (on campus and off) Internet Safety Cyberbullying Ease of plagiarism and cheating Definition of school day and year Virtual classes & schools Privacy Creating different methods of assessment to include these new skills and integrating that into the accountability system 17

18 Policy Development Who should be involved? Board Members Administrators Local school board attorney Community State School Boards Association 18

19 School Board Governance in the 21 st Century 19

20 Table Discussion Top 5 skills required for effective school board governance in the 21 st Century Top 3 issues for school boards to prepare students with 21 st Century skills 20

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22 Georgia Commission for School Board Excellence Formed by the Georgia Board of Education Partners – Georgia Chamber of Commerce – Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce – Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education – AdvancED Commission members predominantly business leaders 22

23 Georgia Commission for School Board Excellence Formed as a reaction to issues/concerns with some boards behaving in ways deemed detrimental to improving student achievement Purpose: To study national school board governance best practices for 90 days and make recommendations for improvements. 23

24 Recommendation Category 1 Board Governance Accountability The SBOE shall establish a state-wide public school board governance review and accountability process. – Oversight process – Assistance and Intervention – Review and Investigate – Receivership Authority – State-wide code of ethics 24

25 Recommendation Category 2 Education Task Force Convene a task force of education leaders and organizations to address the following three areas of school board focus: – Board roles and responsibilities Board compensation Clarification of responsibilities – State-wide school performance standards Standardize performance standards and tracking metrics Require strategic plan Requirement for regular community communications and stakeholder input – Comprehensive board member education and proficiency Candidates New board members Ongoing annual refresh and proficiency Individual and whole board training # of hours required 25

26 Recommendation Category 3 Board Candidacy and Elections Legislation shall be enacted to strengthen the election process and school board candidacy requirements. – Require board size to be 5 – 7 members – Require non-partisan, staggered elections with four- year terms – Strengthen minimum qualification requirements for School Board Members – Board member disclosure during election cycle of adherence to ethics, conflict of interest guidelines and training requirements 26

27 GSBA’s Model for 21 st Century Board Governance 27

28 21 st Century School Board Visionary Collaborative Data-driven Aligned Accountable Transparent Creative Innovative Empowering Advocates Role Models 28

29 21 st Century Board Governance Tools Strategic Improvement Planning GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education Board/Leadership Team Self-Assessment Superintendent Evaluation eBOARD – board governance system 29

30 Who are we? Beliefs Mission Vision Where are we now? Performance Data Financial Data Stakeholder Input SWOT Analysis Where do we want to go? Strategic Goals (or Goal Areas) Strategic Priorities How will we know when we have arrived? Performance Objectives, Measures & Targets How do we plan to get there? Initiatives Action Steps Continuous Improvement Process GSBA Strategic Improvement Planning 30

31 GSBA Strategic Improvement Planning Current Performance, Financial and Demographic data gathering Community Dialog Session Stakeholder Survey SWOT Analysis Development of Beliefs, Mission, Vision, Strategic Goals, Strategic Priorities, Performance Objectives, Measures and Targets Phase 1 (3 – 5 Months) Development of Action Plans Phase 2 (3 months) Alignment of plan with District Budget Alignment of plan with Board, Superintendent and Staff Evaluations Phase 3 (2 – 3 months) Monitor and Report on Plan Review and Adjust Plan Phase 4 (ongoing) 31

32 Beliefs Mission Vision Performance Objectives w/Performance Measures & Targets Initiatives Action Steps Planning Team (20 – 25 people) Various stakeholders Action Teams (5-7 people for each Goal) District & School Leadership Staff & Stakeholders Staff Adoption of Plan by Board of Education Strategic Goals (or Goal Areas) w/Strategic Priorities Planning Team Plan Development

33 Monitoring/ Reporting Continuous Improvement Process Action Teams Planning Team Board/Staff Strategic Improvement Plan Model Phase 1 Phase 2 Who are we? Where are we now? Where do we want to go? How will we know when we have arrived? How do we plan to get there? Strategic Dashboard Balanced Scorecard Board Self Assessment Superintendent Evaluation Staff Evaluations Beliefs Mission Vision SWOT Analysis Strategic Goal Area 1 w/Strategic Priorities Performance Objective 1 w/Measures & Targets Action Plans Initiatives Action Steps Board of Education District Individual Schools Performance Objective 2 w/Measures & Targets Performance Objective 3 w/Measures & Targets Strategic Goal Area 2 w/Strategic Priorities Strategic Goal Area 3 w/Strategic Priorities 33

34 GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education Areas of Responsibility – Vision/Philosophy/Goals – Systematic Improvement – Organizational Structure – Board Operations: Policy Development – Board Operations: Board Meetings – Board Operations: Personnel – Board Operations: Financial Management – Board/Staff/Community Relations 34

35 1.Board appoints a committee – Board members – School administrators – Community leaders 2.Report made to board of education 3.Action Plans adopted by BOE if necessary 4.Certified with GSBA 5.Re-certification required every two years 35 GSBA Standards for Local Boards of Education

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37 Board/Leadership Team Self-Assessment

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39 Superintendent Evaluation Instrument Goals Indicators Evidence Agreed upon by both the board and superintendent

40 Web based board governance system designed to centralize key data: Meetings – multiple meeting types. Policies – for online policy, procedures, and exhibits. Calendar – posting of organizational events and meetings. Documents – an online documents repository. News –post both public and private news stories. Strategic Plan –report, monitor and track progress. Performance - link to student achievement or benchmarking data. Legislation – tracking of public education related legislation School Law - legal reference database. Board Member Handbook – online guide for effective boardsmanship

41 Advanced Strategic Plan Module (coming December 2008) Track and Monitor Plan Strategic Dashboard Balanced Scorecard Goal Alignment 41

42 Preparing for the Future If we say that integrating 21 st Century skills into subject mastery is important for students, then how are we using that same skill set in governing and policymaking? It’s more than just technology. 42

43 What’s on your reading list? 43 CREATING & CONNECTING//Research and Guidelines on Online Social – And Educational – Networking National School Boards Association

44 Presentation Materials https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/sample/ – Click on Documents Section – Click on NSBA CUBE Conference 44

45 Preparing Urban School Board Members for 21 st Century Learning Preparing Urban School Board Members for 21 st Century Learning NSBA CUBE Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada Sunday, September 28 th 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 45


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