Promise Scholarship Program - Get GREAT board training that will impact your district’s student learning and receive money for student scholarships!!
Sound too good to be true? The Oregon School Boards Association invites boards (including K-12, community colleges and education service districts) to submit your applications for the Promise Scholarship Program. OSBA is looking for nine districts to participate in this 2017-18 Promise Scholarship Program (PSP). Selected districts who complete all four parts of the program outlined below will receive $5,000 of scholarship money for their student(s). For additional information contact Steve Kelley, Director of Board Development, at (800) 578-6722 or email@example.com.
- Vision building/goal setting. The board recognizes the need to improve student learning and creates a sense of urgency for it. The board commits to high expectations for all. It uses data and research to identify the highest priority area(s) for change.
- Monitoring (not micro-managing) improvement in student learning. The board balances pressure to improve student learning with support through extensive data use and collaboration with the administrative/teacher leadership team. The board becomes a true partner in improving student learning.
- Advanced Monitoring. This monitoring project continues the work done in the basic monitoring project but includes an emphasis on developing a comprehensive professional development program that supports the ongoing success in improving student achievement.
- Communications 101. The board recognizes the need to improve communications. Working with the district's leadership team, the board will establish a plan for communications.
- Community engagement. The board recognizes the value of engaging the community to improve student achievement. This project will help the board and district create a plan for effective community engagement.
Districts become eligible for the scholarship money when the board completes all of the following:
- Each board must complete the Boardsmanship series which includes the following:
- Basic Roles and Responsibilities with an emphasis on the difference between governance and management.Hands-on activities include creating/reviewing the superintendent evaluation process and creating a board calendar of major board activities. (This may be waived if the current board has had this training in the last 2 years and less than 50% turnover of board memberships since that training.)
- Intermediate Roles and Responsibilities with an emphasis on board culture and creating an environment of learning as a board team.Hands-on activities include review/modification or creation of a Board Operating Agreement and Board Self-Evaluation.
- Advanced Roles and Responsibilities with an emphasis of creating a distributed leadership team within the school district.Hands-on activities include the formation of a District Leadership Team (DLT) with a calendar of meetings for the school year.
This series of workshops averages about 3 hours of training for each session and must be completed prior to starting the board project. The cost for this series is $1200 plus travel costs.
- At least one board project from the Leadership Roles in Student Achievement list (See General Descriptions and Board "Projects" below for project description and special pricing)
- Superintendent/president/director evaluation
- Board self-evaluation
The eligible board development period runs from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2018.
- The board is required to submit the Application of Intent to OSBA by May 15, 2017. The completed application becomes the board's preliminary plan for meeting the PSP requirements. Selected school district will be notified by 6/1/17.
- Upon completion of all four components listed above, the board will notify OSBA using the Notice of Completion form. The deadline for submission is June 1, 2018. The board may choose to complete their planned program any time prior to June 1. OSBA will award the scholarship money upon completion of the board’s PSP.
- Upon receipt of the money each board becomes solely responsible for the selection of student(s) and distribution of the scholarship money. OSBA may request media releases concerning the final selection of the student scholarship recipient(s).
- The board and OSBA facilitator will co-create the overall project using the five board roles as outlined in the Iowa Lighthouse research. The board will:
- Learn as a board team;
- Set clear expectations;
- Provide support to ensure success;
- Hold the system accountable;
- Advocate effectively to build community will to succeed.
- The board project consists of three onsite visits from an OSBA facilitator for a total of six to nine hours.
- Each project starts with a targeted and facilitated board learning workshop.
- The OSBA facilitator provides ongoing coaching as needed. There will be two follow-up visits to the school district after the initial board learning workshop.
- Project pricing is $1200 for a minimum of three work sessions. (A fourth, if needed, is included for no additional charge.) This price does not include mileage and actual travel costs, as needed. OSBA provides off-site support for no additional charge.
- A maximum of nine districts will be invited to participate in this 2017-18 Promise Scholarship Program.
- There is a maximum of $5,000 scholarship money for each selected district. The district may decide to award the money to one student or split the money among multiple students.
- Scholarship money will be awarded to the district on or before June 30, 2018.