Key Work of School Boards

Checklist for Superintendent Evaluation

Use this checklist to ensure that your board covers all the bases when evaluating its superintendent.

Summary of Roles and Responsibilities in Community Leadership

It's important to clearly understand your board's role in terms of community leadership. Below you will find a summary of your role as a school board as well as the role of the superintendent when it comes to community leadership and communication.

Ensuring Policy Leadership Checklist

The extent to which boards govern through policy varies greatly. Boards that most effectively govern will:

  1. Refuse to consider issues that have already been settled in policy.
  2. React quickly and decisively when policy is not followed.

Accountability Questions the School Board Should Ask

AccountabilityMake sure your board is asking the following questions about itself as well as its superintendent and staff in order to make sure you have implemented a clear strategy for effective accountability.

Vision Sample Goals and Strategies

Below is a list of sample goals school boards may use to set a vision for their districts. You'll also find corresponding strategies you can use to implement to your goals. Use these examples as well as your own strategies and goals to develop a clear vision for your district.

Board and Superintendent Relationships

Key Work Circle RelationshipsTo develop a productive partnership, the board and superintendent must draw on, and respect, the backgrounds and abilities of everyone involved.

Community Leadership

Key Work Circle Community Leadership Effective boards recognize public schooling’s impact on the community, and understand how strong connections mean everyone is invested in successful schools.


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.


Key Work Circle Accountability School board accountability means taking your fair share of responsibility for student outcomes. Being accountable means answering not only for your actions but also for the results of your actions.


Key Work Circle VisionEnsuring that public education will meet emerging challenges requires a clear vision for the work and operations of school boards in the future. With that vision before us, we can shape proactive strategies that make boards more relevant, credible, and effective leaders of public education.


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