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Friday, November 18 • 12:20pm - 1:30pm
School Boards- Purposes and Perspectives

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Documenting the Relationship Between School Boards and School Board Monitors and its Effect on the Community. Joshua Childs, University of Texas at Austin

Using interview data collected from two districts in the northeastern and one in the southwestern United States, this qualitative case study is an attempt to detail the relationship that exists between the local school board and the state-mandated monitor that has been placed in the district for management and oversight purposes.

School Boards as Springboards? The Future Political Careers of Local School Board Members. Jason A. Grissom, Lam Pham, David Woo (Vanderbilt University)

Although previous research has found evidence that the type of political ambition elected of cials possess in uences their decision to run for higher office, political ambition of school board members has largely gone unstudied. Our study lls this gap in the research by examining how political ambition in uences board members’ behaviors. Our fi ndings provide some evidence that school boards are not analogous to other political offices in terms of offering a channel to higher political office.

Superintendents, School Boards, or Outsiders: Re-Envisioning the Role of District Leaders in Enacting Policy Reform. Samantha E. Holquist, University of Minnesota

I propose an analysis to understand (a) how radical education policy reform occurs at the district level and (b) the role of district education leadership in making this reform. I analyze case study ndings to ascertain the factors that in uenced a radical policy reform’s formation and adoption. Findings increase our comprehension of how these reforms occur in district politics. Additionally, they challenge our understanding of the role of district leadership in advancing these reforms.

“We’re Good! Leave Us Alone!” School Board Sense-Making of Accountability Reporting. Daniella Hall, Northwestern University

Federal policy implementation is ultimately in the hands of local educational leaders, who adapt reforms based on their personal interpretations. This qualitative study examines how school board members interpret external messaging regarding NCLB accountability reporting, and how their sense-making shapes their use of reporting on the local level. The study finds board members’ interpretations of the purpose of testing only partially aligned with state messaging and was highly influenced by local needs and community context.




Friday November 18, 2016 12:20pm - 1:30pm
Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center: Floor 5 - Nicolet A

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