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Understanding the distinction between leadership and management is an important first step. And it is not enough. Leadership means different things to different people. Different styles of leadership are successful in different situations. Simple problems can be solved with direct, technical leadership. Complex problems require something different; an adaptive leadership style rooted in communication.

Know Your District form 

Key Work of School Boards
The Key Work of School Boards is to improve student achievement and increase community engagement to promote student achievement. The Key Work framework, developed by the National School Board Association in collaboration with the American Association of School Administrators, serves as the core curriculum for WASB board governance development. Learn how this resource can be a helpful tool for your board.
Workshops and Presentations
The WASB staff and consultants provide a wide range of workshops to meet district needs. Select a workshop or presentation for your individual board or partner with neighboring boards for a joint workshop. They can be 1-3 hours or more. Just contact the WASB to schedule an on-site, customized workshop.
Leadership: What Do We Mean?
School boards are charged with the responsibility of educating all children to their fullest potential. In a time of rapid social, economic, and technological change, the boards responsibility is greater than ever. School board members, both individually and collectively, must be leaders in their school system and in their community.

What does it mean to be a leader? How is that different than being a manager? There is an endless list of books written on the subject. Here are two resources that cover the big concepts of leadership and management that easily work with the Key Work Framework.

  • Leadership and Management
    This summary from the University of Notre Dame sums up the differences between leadership and management.
    Understanding the distinction between leadership and management is an important first step. And it is not enough. Leadership means different things to different people. Different styles of leadership are successful in different situations. Simple problems can be solved with direct, technical leadership. Complex problems require something different; an adaptive leadership style rooted in communication.
  • Technical and Adaptive Leadership
    This summary combines the work of Michael Quinn Patton and Ronald Heifitz and Marty Linsky to illustrate different leadership styles in different contexts.
Creating a Climate for Success
  • Click here for stories of how school boards across the state are intentionally creating a climate that supports teaching and learning; one that will better ensure successful implementation of whole system reform.
  • Whole System Reform Resources
Better Meeting Practices
Good meetings do not spontaneously occur. Learn about tools for facilitating successful board meetings here.
Community Engagement
Community Engagement is a component of the Key Work Framework and boards that successfully focus on student achievement include stakeholders, both internal and external, in their decision-making processes. Resources for organizing community engagement events are listed here.
Data
Wisconsin's Information Network for Successful Schools (WINSS) is a resource for educators, parents and community members.  WINSS provides information on what we want our children to know and be able to do; how students are performing each year; and how our schools are staffed and funded. WINSS also describes the seven characteristics of successful schools - and shares resources that are central to successful schools including leadership, planning tools, professional development and community partnerships.
Increasingly, school board members are using data to help make good decisions about improving public education for all children. Data-driven decision making can be used to better inform board decisions as school districts grapple with how to think systemically and strategically about reaching their student achievement goals.
Charter schools account for five percent of the nation’s public schools with a small but growing enrollment. Find useful resources including definitions of charter terms, NSBA’s advocacy message, research, state policy and news articles.
NSBA National Connection Program

The National School Boards Association National Connection program provides a package of resources and tools to participating school districts. It includes access to:

  • Federal Insider: Get the real story from Washington, D.C. with NSBA's legislative and legal experts.
  • The Center for Public Education Briefing Room: Improve your decision-making with practical insights from school improvement research.
  • Meet the Experts webinars: Innovative ideas shared by national experts who are shaping public education for tomorrow.
  • School Board Leadership Resource Center: Strengthen your board's leadership for student achievement with best practices from across the country.
  • Public Engagement Toolkit: Create public commitment and strengthen confidence in public education.
  • Money Saving Resources Maximize resources available to help your district succeed.
  • American School Board Journal: Stay in the know with NSBA's award-winning coverage of pubic education trends and issues.
School Transformation
The resources included on this page can be used by school boards to engage in conversations about changes in the context in which public schools operate.
 
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