If you’re thinking of running for a school board, Friday, May 19 is the last day to file for the next round of elections. The Washington Secretary of State website provides all the information you’ll need.
But why run for school board in the first place? If your first thought is to help foster student success, then you’re on the right track. Ongoing research shows that effective school board-superintendent teams positively impact student performance.
You’ll notice the word team in the previous sentence. Serving on a school board is mainly a team “sport,” not an individual sport. In other words, individuals need to hone their skills, but governance only occurs through the collective action of the team.
The Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) provides many tools to help school boards promote student success through effective governance. Three tools that complement each other are informed by ongoing research on the connection between school boards and the performance of school districts and their students. The tools are:
After you’ve filed and become a candidate, sign up for a virtual candidate workshop offered by WSSDA in June. The workshops will cover: