California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II

Support for professional development

As overseers of the district vision, school board members are responsible for ensuring that professional development is an integral part of the district and school operations. The Iowa School Board Association’s Lighthouse study found that in effective school districts, “Board members described staff development activities in the district and could describe the link between teacher training and board or district goals for students.”1

Teacher quality has taken center stage in the U.S. now that the federal government is requiring schools to ensure all teachers are highly qualified. Ramping up the intensity of teacher-education programs may improve the overall preparedness of the teaching work force, but in-school support from principals and positive leadership from school boards also are crucial, experts say.2

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Support for instructional technology

School District Superintendents

1 Lighthouse Study: School Boards and Student Achievement” (Outside Source), Iowa School Board Compass, Vol. V, No.2 (Fall 2000), 8.
2 Nina Hurwitz and Sol Hurwitz, “The Challenge of Teacher Quality," American School Board Journal (April 2005), 38-41.

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