School boards have the potential to build an extraordinary future for our children. The leadership of the school board can launch the potential in every child and educator in their schools, or it can cripple and discourage learning communities. Elected trustees play a critical role in today's school systems. As policy-makers, governors and community representatives, they influence the direction and achievement of schools within their jurisdiction. Administrators new to the school board table must quickly acquire comprehensive knowledge of the mandate and purpose of the school board, and how to work with trustees to lead the school district to attain its educational goals. Exploring facets of school board governance such as the role of democracy, public finance, accountability, purposeful meetings, and how to work with the personalities at the table, this book offers foundational training for board members and general knowledge for persons interested in knowing what school trustees actually do. Thoroughly understanding the purpose of the school board, and what it means to 'guard the trust' on behalf of the citizenry is critical to improved schools and quality education.
Laura Reimer is on the faculty at the University of Winnipeg.
Chapter 1 Losing Democracy: The Decline of Local Governance Chapter 2 Confused Democracy: Influences on the School Board Chapter 3 Sustaining Democracy: Working Together Chapter 4 Fighting For Democracy: Beyond Mediocrity Chapter 5 Upholding Democracy: Integrity in Leadership Chapter 6 Building Democracy: Mindful Decisions Chapter 7 Responsible Democracy: Leaders Produce Real Results Chapter 8 Active Democracy: Deliberate Choices Chapter 9 Reclaiming Democracy: Uniquely the School Board