10/31/2017 10:49 AM
Congratulations to recipients of WSSDA’s annual Boards of
Distinction awards! The Boards of Distinction recognition program awards school
boards that demonstrate alignment with the Washington School Board Standards
This year, 31 boards applied for recognition with 22
receiving the award (see below). Boards fall into one of three categories
according to the size of their district’s enrollment: small, medium or large.
One board from each category will receive further recognition as Board of the
Year. Those will be announced at the WSSDA annual conference in November.
“We saw a year over year increase in applications from small
and medium districts,” said Colleen Miller, WSSDA’s director of leadership
development. “Applications from large districts held steady.”
Applicants for the award provided two essays, one regarding the board’s efforts to close the Opportunity Gap and a second which described the application of one of the WSSDA Standards for school boards. These essays provided a clear relationship between the board’s use of data and how it informed decisions, and how those decisions resulted in positive outcomes for students.
The standards contain two sections, one for school boards as
a team and one for individual school board directors. They identify elements of
good governance and effective leadership as drawn from best practices and
current research. They also validate and affirm the importance of the school
board’s role in ensuring student success.
WSSDA helps boards align with the standards by providing
training and consultation throughout the year. Also, WSSDA created an online board self-assessment
tool that is research-based and scientifically
See the array of services WSSDA delivers by viewing our “Why WSSDA”
2017 Boards of Distinction