ERIC Number: ED312777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Road to Board Success: Evaluation...Development...Improvement!
Davies, Daniel R.
Updating School Board Policies, v20 n9 p1-3,7 Oct 1989
Unless school boards link member training and school improvement plans to performance evaluations for themselves and their schools, the exercise might not be worth the time and effort. Board evaluation should focus on three general areas: board dynamics, policy process, and educational quality. Three evaluation approaches should be considered: evaluation by school administrator; evaluation by state association staff or an outside consultant; or self-evaluation with an impartial facilitator. Work session retreats often provide a more conducive environment than a regular meeting. Surveys and videotaping can be incorporated into evaluation programs. Some processes include a consensus building technique, such as the Delphi Method or the Nominal Group Technique. Board training needs can include strong communication and media skills; knowledge of school finance, law, and collective bargaining; and an understanding of board powers and responsibilities. Decisions on board member training should consider relevant state requirements, community needs and resources, and board members' personalities. To be effective, programs should be geared to adult learners' needs. Successful reform depends on effective board decision-making to harmonize local needs with state and national mandates, finding sources, and political constraints. (MLH)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National School Boards Association, Alexandria, VA. Educational Policies Service.