IASB In-District Workshop:
New members want to make an impact but don’t yet know how. Veteran board members can guide them by sharing the board’s practices and procedures. IASB can help by facilitating a Starting Right workshop. Starting Right, a type of board self-evaluation, begins with a review of the board’s role in effective governance and continues with a discussion of the board expectations for communications, board superintendent relationships, board meetings, and much more. To become a high-performing team, each board must address the needs of new board members and the development of the “new” governance team. You may also wish to schedule a Starting Right workshop with your new superintendent as many boards find value in discussing the expectations of all parties in this crucial relationship.
Starting Right is a type of board self-evaluation. The Illinois Open Meetings Act allows boards to meet in closed session for the purpose of board self-evaluation “when meeting with a representative of a statewide association of which the public body is member.” 5 ILCS 120/2(c)(16).