The Innovative School Board

By Douglas Reeves

As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, school board members face new responsibilities with historic consequences. Almost every district faces significant long-term inadequacies in education funding, which means board members must do much more than the traditional hiring and firing of the superintendent, setting major policy, and maintaining good relationships with the voters.

“Setting policy” will include much more than making decisions about buildings and budgets; board members will have a vital role in redesigning public education from the ground up. While those tasks remain essential, board members also must collaborate with superintendents, teachers, and school administrators to challenge long-held assumptions about leadership, teaching, and learning.

In a new monthly column in American School Board Journal, I will share real-world examples of how school board members are making a difference in helping their local communities and creating models from which other schools around the world can learn.

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