CONTACT: Michele Clark
Vol. 45, No. 54
July 25, 2011
Newest State Education Board Member Completes National Training
Michael Jones, the newest member of the Missouri State Board of Education, completed three days of intensive training this weekend (July 22-25) in Arlington, Va. The training was provided by the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) to help new board members become highly effective state education policymakers.
Jones joined board members from 20 states and territories in sessions that covered basic issues including responsibilities of state boards and their members, as well as more advanced subjects such as providing effective state leadership through board actions. NASBE provides the training at no charge for up to two members per state.
“State board members who are well-informed and empowered are critical to the successful development and application of education policy and standards at the state level,” NASBE Executive Director Brenda Welburn said. “We laud the efforts of these volunteer leaders, who give their time, energy, and expertise to their states, and we work to support them not only at the outset of their education policymaking careers, but throughout their service.”
State board responsibilities include establishing statewide educational standards, high school graduation requirements, teacher professional qualifications, and statewide testing programs.