The Birmingham Business Alliance is partnering with the Birmingham Education Foundation to introduce “School Board 101: Putting Students First, ” courses designed to highlight the important role that school boards play in our community and in the process of educating our children. Administered by the Alabama Association of School Boards, four courses will be held beginning March 23 and run through April and May. Anyone in the Birmingham seven-county area can participate in the courses, but registration is required.
Ideal participants are potential school board candidates, parents and PTA members who want a broader knowledge of school board roles and responsibilities; business representatives who interact with school boards; and sitting school board members needing to satisfy training requirements put in place through last year’s Students First legislation. “Case studies from around the country have found that business leaders working in conjunction with local chambers, foundations or education funds can play a critical role in supporting effective school board governance and reforms to improve student achievement,” said Waymond Jackson, the BBA’s director of education and workforce development. “ By educating and informing board members and the public, creating a sense of urgency for education reform, and cultivating and supporting high-quality candidates, the business community can positively impact the quality of education our children receive and create conditions for success in local school districts.”
Beginning Saturday, March 23, the courses will be held from 9 a.m. to noon in the auditorium at Vulcan Park, 1701 Valley View Drive, Birmingham, AL 35209.
Course topics will include:
• March 23, 2013, School Board Roles and Responsibilities, with Susan Salter, Director of Leadership Development at the Alabama Association of School Boards Register Now
• April 13, 2013, Understanding School Finance, with Ken Roberts, COO & Research Director at the Alabama Association of School Boards Register Now
• May 4, 2013, Ethics and Other Legal Issues, with local attorney Jayne Harrell Williams Register Now
• May 18, 2013, Governing for Higher Student Achievement, with Susan Salter, Director of Leadership Development at the Alabama Association of School Boards Register Now
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