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IASB Announces School Board Governance Recognition
April 20, 2011

The Illinois Association of School Boards is pleased to announce a new program to encourage and recognize school boards that value and participate in ongoing board development.

The new “School Board Governance Recognition” program acknowledges school boards that learn and practice effective governance behaviors as identified in IASB’s Foundational Principles of Effective Governance, through participation in and support for board development programs and events.

The primary focus of this new program is on full board development and participation rather than individual board member efforts.

Effective school boards understand that excellence in local school board governance requires full board commitment to obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to good governance.

It is that commitment that provides the opportunity for the board to practice and model continuous improvement and life-long learning for the staff, students and community. In return, the board becomes better prepared to make a difference, to provide leadership for district improvement and to leave a lasting legacy for the district, the community and, most importantly, its students.  

The new program has been announced in a letter sent to superintendents and board presidents, along with the application form, instructions and criteria. Application forms that can be filled out and downloaded online are housed on IASB’s Members-Only website at:

School boards that may not yet qualify for recognition but want to plan for future recognition can find information about and a template for developing a plan at:

Applications for the award must be completed and received by IASB no later than Aug. 15.

Applications will be reviewed in late August and award recipients notified shortly thereafter. Boards that meet the requirements will be awarded at fall division meetings and acknowledged at the Joint Annual Conference in November. Boards may apply for the award every two years.

Questions about the application or the process can be directed to IASB field service directors or to Angie Peifer, associate executive director, board development, at ext. 1124.

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