School Board Members Day

School Board Members Day: "Perseverance through Leadership"

To recognize the outstanding efforts of the nearly 6,000 elected school board members throughout the state, November 15 of each year is designated as "School Board Members Day" in Illinois. This is an opportunity to build community awareness and understanding about the essential role locally elected board of education members assume in a representative democracy.

Materials to help districts organize their activities

The 2020 Illinois School Board Members Day theme was "Perseverance through Leadership." School districts and other groups are welcome to use any of the School Board Members Day resources without additional permission.

These Illinois-specific materials may be adapted for use in January, which has been dedicated National School Board Recognition Month. Materials for 2021 School Board Members Day will be posted in September.

For more information about School Board Members Day, contact Heath Hendren at ext. 1109, or email him at

By working with the community, districts can assure that these committed public servants are honored for their board policy and local governance work on behalf of children, families, and entire communities.