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2020 School Board Members Day: ‘Perseverance through Leadership’

  • Date Posted
    October 15, 2020
  • Category
    News

Each year in Illinois, November 15 is recognized as School Board Members Day. While 2020 has certainly created new challenges for the education community and everyday life, it has also shown the importance of having a quality leadership team that is able to adapt to current conditions while still meeting the local community’s public education needs and students’ goals.

This year’s theme for School Board Members Day is “Perseverance through Leadership.”

IASB is encouraging district personnel to contact their community leaders, business partners, local organizations, and area residents to join in recognition efforts. Share the honorary activities on social media using the hashtag, #ThankABoardMember.

The Association has compiled a number of outreach tips that can be used to honor local board members during this challenging year. A sample article that can be adapted as a newsletter or sent as an editorial or letter to the editor has also been created. A certificate that can be personalized and presented to board of education members can be downloaded.
With in-person events limited, social media presents a safe alternative to recognize local boards of education. A logo, letterhead, sample social media posts, and a “thank you” poster can be added to social sites or adapted for use on websites and in newsletters. Be sure to tag @ILschoolboards in your Twitter posts and @IllinoisAssociationofSchoolBoards in Facebook updates so that the Association can share your recognition efforts.

School districts and other groups are welcome to use any of the School Board Members Day resources without additional permission. All the materials are accessible and can be downloaded from the School Board Members Day webpage.

November 15 offers an opportunity to recognize the nearly 6,000 school board members across Illinois and thank them for the dedication, perseverance, and leadership they provide for local school districts.