Guam – Lourdes Benavente and Maria Gutierrez, members of the Guam Education Board, completed two days of intensive training to help new board members become highly effective state education policymakers.
The training was provided by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) at no charge.
Both Benavente and Gutierrez joined state board members from 17 states and territories in sessions that covered basic boardsmanship issues such as the responsibilities of boards and their members, the sequence of policy development, and using Robert’s Rules of Order, as well as more advanced subjects such as how to provide effective state leadership through board actions.
“At this pivotal time in public education, it is critical that state board members acquire the knowledge and skills they need to represent the students of their respective states,” said NASBE Executive Director Kristen Amundson. “These volunteer leaders give their time, energy, and expertise to their respective states, and we proudly work to support them not only at the outset of their education policymaking careers, but throughout their service.”
State boards of education are the embodiment of the American tradition of citizen involvement and authority over public education. State boards are responsible for setting statewide education standards, including academic standards, high school graduation requirements, teacher professional qualifications, and establishing statewide testing programs.
The National Association of State Boards of Education represents America’s state and territorial boards of education. NASBE exists to strengthen State Boards as the preeminent educational policymaking bodies for citizens and students.
For more, visit http://www.nasbe.org.