With school boards in the news more than ever, School Board Recognition Month this January shouldn’t just be business as usual.
“We think it’s a perfect opportunity to recognize our school board members for their hard work and commitment to improving outcomes for students across the state,” said Dan Troxell, executive director of the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). “It’s also the right time to remind everyone about the important role school boards have in the governance and oversight of public education.”
The theme for the month, Rising Above, is especially apt, given that many school board members are facing unprecedented challenges in trying to navigate controversial topics in K-12 education, from COVID-19 to critical race theory.
“With all the headlines, it would be easy to get the wrong impression of what school boards actually do,” Troxell said. “Here at TASB, we want to bring the focus back to the key work of our volunteer school board members, who are elected to help their districts establish a strategic plan, create budgets, adopt policies, and select and evaluate their superintendent.”
Troxell urged school districts across the state to help get that message out, especially during School Board Recognition Month in January. A toolkit with resources to help celebrate board members, from thank-you notes and certificates to videos and social media graphics, is now available.
TASB is also continuing to offer training and support for boards to improve how they collaborate as a team to ensure excellent governance through eXceptional Governance (XG) Board Development — customized learning based on best practices and research.
“Our goal is to help trustees build the skills and processes needed to support improved student success,” said Phil Gore, TASB’s division director for Board Development Services. “It’s never been more difficult to be a school board member, so we’re committed to equipping trustees with practical, hands-on practices so they can stay focused on the work they were elected to do.” Learn more about TASB’s exceptional (XG) Board Development program.