The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education recently took a major step toward demonstrating our commitment to govern effectively on behalf of the students and the community we serve by adopting the Board of Education Governance Standards.
The Standards were developed by board members for board members through the Michigan Association of School Boards because we are committed to continuous improvement for our students and ourselves.
The Standards provide a shared, research-based framework for effective school board governance. Not only do they define the principles that should affect board decision making, they also identify the specific behaviors of school boards and school board members that contribute to positive outcomes for students. And they do so in simple terms so as to be easily understood by board members and the entire school district community.
We’re proud to share these Standards with you and hope you will join us in exploring their application in our district. The Bloomfield Hills Schools Board of Education is committed to fulfilling and regularly revisiting these Standards and to holding each other accountable to them. It is our belief that the Standards will help our board to serve more effectively on behalf of all students in the district while also providing a useful tool for the community to assess how we’re doing.
Eight Traits of an Effective School Board
- Effective school boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
- Effective school boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
- Effective school boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
- Effective school boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
- Effective boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
- Effective school boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
- Effective school boards lead as a united team with the superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
- Effective school boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement efforts.