School Board Notes • January 23, 2013 • Vol. XXXVI No. 24

Training Explores the Board’s Role in Student Achievement

According to results of a research study by the Iowa Association of School Boards, school boards in high-achieving districts are significantly different in their knowledge and beliefs than school boards in low-achieving districts. And, this difference appears to carry through among administrators and teachers throughout the districts.

On Saturday, March 2, NJSBA will examine the ways that boards can impact education during a program, "The Board’s Role in Student Achievement," from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel & Conference Center, Plainsboro, NJ.

During the interactive, one-day program, school board members and charter school trustees will learn, practice and apply strategies that support the "real work" of leading schools. The content will be practical, the knowledge will be actionable, and the techniques will be immediately implementable. 

Participants in this program will learn about:

  • The board’s role in facilitating the implementation of the Common Core State Standards
  • How the Model Curriculum and Unit Assessments can be used to inform teaching and measure learning
  • The importance of data and how this information can be used to identify needs, establish goals and evaluate results 
  • Using root cause analysis and targeted action planning to produce measurable improvements in student outcomes

Expert Presenter The program’s presenter will be Dr. Tracey Severns, chief academic officer with the New Jersey Department of Education.

Dr. Severns has worked with children of all ages and ability levels – and has served as a special education teacher, vice principal, principal, superintendent and adjunct professor. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in teaching, and a doctorate in educational administration and supervision. She is certified in elementary education, special education and K-12 administration.

Members who have benefited from the recent regional student achievement programs and the 2011 and 2012 Iowa Lighthouse Student Achievement programs will find value in this program.

Registration School board members and member charter school trustees may register themselves online for this training program. Online registration requires a password. To obtain a password click here.

Cost This program is being underwritten by a grant from the Educational Leadership Foundation of New Jersey (ELFNJ) and there is no cost to attend. Attendance is limited to the first 100 registrants.

For more information about the program, email Diane Morris, NJSBA training manager, at