After a few years of empowering NBCTs to foster a relationship with their local policymaker, we have realized that the term "policymaker" needs some definition. So often we think of our "policymakers" as state legislators. And, while those relationships are extremely important, our influence as NBCTs needs to extend to ALL parties concerned with educational policy. That includes (but is not limited to) local school boards, ESDs, OSPI, the state legislature, the federal government and the Department of Education. All of these bodies have some responsibility within our education system. We simply believe that NBCTs, who have demonstrated that they are accomplished, are logical advocates able to provide a unique perspective to these policymakers. We want your voice to be heard!
It is with this goal in mind, that we will focus each month on a different "stakeholder" in the education arena. For the month of December, our focus is the local school board. Have you ever wondered what your local school board actually controls? Have you ever wanted to address your school board on an issue, but didn't know how to go about it? See the following link for ideas on how to help your school board understand the realities of today's classrooms: Community and School Board Presentation (PDF version) or Community and School Board Presentation (PowerPoint version). Or, if you just want to build a relationship with your school board, click here to get an insider's look at how a school board member thinks: School Board Interviews. And remember, you can always visit NCBCT Network for general ideas on how to engage any legislator in a meaningful conversation about what matters most: student learning!
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