Education, experience, dedication, and effort are vital to your effectiveness as a school board member. Educational leadership develops through years of school board service and through members' attendance at board programs.
In 1988, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards initiated the Board Recognition Program to encourage school board members to participate in activities that strengthen their skills as local educational leaders. During the Fall Regional Meetings, members who have committed themselves to learning more about good governance practices are recognized.
Board members are awarded points for participating in WASB and NSBA (National School Boards Association) activities. These include: attending conventions, workshops, seminars, webinars, and inservice sessions; serving on WASB committees; serving on non-WASB committees on behalf of the WASB; or serving as a delegate to the WASB Delegate Assembly. A specified number of points is assigned each activity, ranging from one to 30 points.
The annual Board Recognition Program runs from July 1 through June 30, and points are cumulative from year-to-year. Each August, the WASB sends out a Board Recognition Report, which reflects WASB programs attended for that year and the total accumulated points. Qualifying board members receive recognition pins and certificates.
If every member of your board has received or will receive a board recognition award, your district is eligible for special recognition. To receive this recognition, contact the WASB.