|Trustees need to go to school, too|
Just as we want our teachers to be continuously updating their skills as educators, trustees should also commit themselves to continuous learning in matters of governance.
There are many channels for this to occur. Our provincial associations, the Alberta School Boards Association and the Public School Boards Association of Alberta, offer a variety of professional development sessions at their regular meetings. There are also organizations that specialize in certain areas like the law( the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education) or education sector negotiations( the North American Association of Educational Negotiators).
And, of course, there's always new books, magazine or newspaper articles, and online material to keep on top of.
If we want our students to become life long learners, we need to model that behavior ourselves.