The District 91 school board is serving as a guinea pig in a pilot workshop developed by the Illinois Association of School Boards to give boards a road map to community engagement. Kudos to the board for breaking ground (again) in this important work.
The IASB wants to give local school boards the tools to be “pro-active leaders” in the fight for good public education, and that means having the grace to invite ideas from stakeholders in the community.
The Connecting with the Community workshop sessions are three meetings to bring the community into the conversation about public education.
The IASB calls this a “promise to the public” which responds to attacks on public education and school boards. When the community feels they “own the district,” the school board gets buy-in and support for education of local children — which becomes a goal of the whole community.