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AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF SCHOOL BOARD TRAINING AND EVALUATION AS PERCEIVED BY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS AND SUPERINTENDENTS

Dr. Patrick Rice

The majority of school board members and superintendents agree that school board training and evaluation is needed to increase school board effectiveness. Although, most board members and superintendents agree, there is not a consensus regarding theform and scope  of board training and evaluation. The purpose of this study was to develop a better understanding of the perceptions of school board superintendents and school board members regarding school board training and evaluation.

 

LINKS AND CHAINS: A CASE STUDY OF HISTORICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL FACTORS AND THE AFRICAN AMERICAN ACHIEVEMENT GAP IN THE AREAS OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT, ATTENDANCE, AND READING

Dr. Nakia Hall

African Americans have experienced an educational history that has been riddled with challenges and disparity. Of particular concern have been the areas of parental involvement, attendance, and reading. Presently, African Americans are achieving at a lower rate than their Caucasian peers, thus creating a gap in achievement known as the African American achievement gap. This study sought to revisit the historical events that affected African American education, as well as present current information pertaining to the persistent African American achievement gap. The study addressed the impact of programs, policies, and procedures implemented by a Midwestern school in order to target the three aforementioned areas.

WHAT’S HOLDING US BACK: HIRING, PROMOTING AND RETAINING AFRICAN AMERICAN MEN AS EDUCATORS AND LEADERS

Dr. Todd Hall

The African American male has experienced many challenges and disparities in this country’s short history.
The issues range from slavery to the achievement gap to the employment gap. African American men are the lowest
achievers in schools and they are underrepresented when it
comes to employment within the education sector. This study sought to visit the challenges that African American
men may face in gaining employment within education and gaining promotion into the administration side of education.

PARENTAL ENGAGEMENT FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS OF STUDENTS: A POLICY ADVOCACY DOCUMENT

Dr. Tamara Young

This policy advocacy plan aims to increase parent involvement in Miles School District 16. A review of two separate board policies and my evaluation of the current level of parent involvement—gained through observations, surveys, and needs assessment data —led to the development of this policy.  The result is a policy advocacy document plan that I am advocating to the Board of Miles School District 16 as a means to reinforce parent involvement for students’ success.

LET'S STOP CALLING IT AN "ACHIEVEMENT GAP" WHEN IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY GAP

Dr. Theresa Robinson

The achievement gap is a term often used to describe disparities in academic performance between groups of students. But the "achievement gap" does not address systemic barriers to a quality education that confronts students of color and students from low-income backgrounds such as poverty, trauma, and the underfunding of public schools. The phrase "opportunity gap" instead of "achievement gap" implies that there are challenges that we must address if all students are to receive and equitable education. This presentation discusses historical and contemporary systemic factors, the role of the governance/administrative team, and the importance of establishing and monitoring policy to ensure an equitable education for all students.