School Board Members Day is November 15

  • Date Posted
    November 1, 2021
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November 15 of each year in Illinois is recognized as School Board Members Day. The challenges of the past two years have been trying for everyone, but particularly difficult for the education community. The balance required to meet a mission of providing quality education opportunities for every student, while ensuring the health and safety of children, staff, and community members is truly a monumental task. 

The importance of a dedicated, quality leadership team that is able to be flexible and adapt to ever-changing conditions and guidelines, while still meeting the district’s goals, is imperative. It takes a collective group effort with everyone pulling in the same direction. 

This year's theme for School Board Members Day is “Inspiration and Leadership.”

IASB is encouraging districts to contact their community leaders, business partners, local organizations, and area residents to join in honoring the board of education. When honoring local board members, share recognition activities and photos on social media using the hashtag, #ThankABoardMember.

The Association has compiled resources that can be used to honor local board members. A sample article can be adapted as a newsletter or sent as an editorial or letter to the editor. A certificate can be personalized and presented to board of education members. A list of tips of creative ways the district and community can thank school board members has been provided, as well as a sample resolution that can be used by other governing bodies.

In place of hosting large gatherings or receptions for board members, social media provides an alternative and convenient space to recognize local boards of education. Logos, letterhead, sample social media posts, and “thank you” posters 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 IASB 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.

Illinois School Board Members Day on November 15 is a chance to recognize the nearly 6,000 school board members throughout the state and thank them for the service and the inspiration and leadership they provide for local school districts.