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Identifying Stakeholder Groups Tipsheet

Your community needs to know and understand key issues confronting your school district and public schools nationally. You can be assured that a lack of information won’t prevent people from forming opinions. Your community will form a perception of your school board, your school district, and public education in general with or without your help. It’s better to work on providing accurate information in transparent ways than it is to leave it to chance.

15 Things To Boost Public Confidence in Public Schools

15 Things School Board Members Can Do To Boost Public Confidence in Public Schools.

Community Relations Reflection Questions for School Boards

Is your community a partner in learning? Have you involved members of the public in meaningful activities and goal setting, or have you relegated them to the sidelines? Use the following questions to help you gauge the strength of your connection to the community.

Quick Assessment Accountability

NSBA’s Key Work of School Boards Guidebook frames the role of school boards in student achievement, including the board’s role in accountability. The self-assessment and guiding questions below can help your board reflect on your work. See the Key Work Guidebook for a much more complete self-assessment.

The Federal Role and Local Governance

The inaugural issue explores the role of the federal government in education in contemporary and historic terms. Every administration since enactment of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act in 1965 has influenced the trajectory of education in our nation -- “mission creep” is not the exclusive purview of any one administration.

Case Study: Quick Assessment Accountability

Questions to Help Guide Your Work 

NSBA’s Key Work of School Boards Guidebook frames the role of school boards in student achievement, including the board’s role in accountability.

Hello! My Name is Public School and I Have an Image Problem

So much energy is focused on what's wrong with our public schools and how to fix them that we often lose sight of the extraordinary work occurring in our schools every day. Leslie Milder, founder of Friends of Texas Public Schools and author of Hello! My Name is Public School and I Have an Image Problem outlines a step-by-step approach for challenging unjust criticism and accusations of failure by directing the energies of those who lead and work in education to step up as ambassadors for America’s public schools and the children they serve.

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