Alexandria, VA – March 8, 2006 - Forty-four school district leaders across the country have been selected to be members of the 100 District Leaders for Citizenship and Service-Learning network. The superintendents and school board members were tapped by the Education Commission of the States’ National Center for Learning and Citizenship (NCLC) .
The National School Boards Association and the American Association of School Administrators have joined with NCLC to create this new national network focused on raising the visibility and importance of citizenship education and service-learning. The network members will hold their first meeting on April 7 at NSBA’s Annual Conference in Chicago .
The 44 members (21 school board members and 23 district superintendents) were selected from a national pool of applicants based on their leadership and commitment to integrate and sustain quality citizenship education and service-learning in K-12 schools. Seventeen of the districts represented on the network are part of NSBA’s National Affiliate program , which indicates their commitment to outstanding school leadership at the superintendent and board levels.
“In the face of increasing pressure to raise test scores, school leaders often lose sight of the importance of preparing our children to be contributing citizens to their own communities and to our greater democracy,” said Anne L. Bryant, NSBA executive director. “This new network is a wonderful step to renew our commitment to the founding principle of public education.”
The network members will deepen citizenship education and service-learning in their districts, states and throughout the nation by writing articles, conducting workshops at state and national conferences, and hosting policy forums.
NCLC was formed in 1997 by the Education Commission of the States to help state and district policymakers and education leaders to identify, develop, and implement policies to support student academic and civic achievement.
For the complete list of network members, please visit www.ecs.org/nclc or contact Ann Rautio at 303-299-3606. This fall, another Call for Applications will be held to select the next slate of 56 members to fully complement the 100 District Leaders network.
Founded in 1940, the National School Boards Association is a not-for profit federation of state associations of school boards representing 95,000 local school board members throughout the United States. Its mission is to foster excellence and equity in public elementary and secondary education through local school board leadership. NSBA represents the school board perspective in working with federal government agencies and national organizations that impact education, and provides vital information and services to state associations of school boards throughout the nation.
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