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Board Development and Governance Process

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This module reviews and summarizes research about the leadership role of boards of education and the essential board leadership practices that affect student achievement. Effective boards recognize their leadership role as one that is highly complementary and interdependent with other district leaders, especially the district superintendent. Characteristics of effective boards of education identified through research are described. Topics include the important role effective boards of education have in

  • Setting a district vision
  • Using data to set goals, establish accountability, and monitor progress
  • Engaging the community in supporting district goals
  • Developing policies focused on student learning
  • Committing time, energy, and resources to district improvement efforts

Videos embedded within the module highlight Ohio superintendents and board members as they discuss and reflect on the leadership practices within their districts.

This module aligns with Ohio’s Leadership Development Framework:

  • Area 6 Board Development and Governance Process

Receiving Credit for this Module

The Ohio Leadership Advisory Council offers educators credit and contact hours for OLAC work. Teachers, principals, and superintendents who are working toward license renewal can receive university credit for completing OLAC modules from a number of Ohio universities. Pre-approval is required. For estimated contact hours for credit or to learn more about receiving credit for OLAC work, visit the Credit Corner.

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This module features videos, pre- and post-assesments, and questions for discussion.

Estimated Time to Complete: 2 hours

Updated: August 27, 2014