Key Work Circle Policy Policy permeates and dominates all aspects of school operations. It also presents the most powerful lever for the exercise of leadership.


To examine how effective school boards use policy to remain accountable to citizens for the governance and management of schools and to explore how visionary policy can support the district’s educational mission and philosophy.


What’s in the Guidebook?

Key Lessons

The Key Work of School Boards Guidebook highlights several important lessons about implementing an effective board policy:

  • What is Board Policy?
  • Operating as a Cohesive Management Team
  • What Strong Policies Achieve
  • Policy Implementation and Monitoring
  • Matching Policy to Mission and Goals

Helpful Supplements

The Guidebook also includes several supplements to help you implement effective policy:

  • Board Policy vs. Administrative Guidelines Comparison Chart
  • What Effective Policies Accomplish
  • Ensuring Policy Leadership Checklist
  • Questions to Ask During Policy Development or Amendment
  • A Suggested Checklist of Key Work Policies
  • Policy Self-Assessment

Order the Key Work of School Boards Guidebook in the NSBA Bookstore.

Your State School Boards Association is your first resource for helpful policy development and assessment services.

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