Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute

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*The 2022-2023 Be Legendary School Board Leadership grant application is now open! Applications are due September 15, 2022. The application form can be found below.*

North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has partnered with Elliott and McMahon, LLC., to launch the Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute. This intensive program is designed for governing teams – school boards with their superintendents – that are dedicated to continually sharpening and cultivating their focus on one primary objective: improving student outcomes. It is a unique opportunity for governing teams that are committed to pushing themselves to do even more for their students.

Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute is based on six critical pillars to transform school board performance:

  1. ADOPTING STUDENT OUTCOME GOALS
    Adopt three student outcome goals aligned to the ND K-12 Strategic Vision and goals.

  2. ADOPTING GOAL PROGRESS MEASURES
    Adopt no more than four student outcome goal progress measures for each student outcome goal.

  3. MONITORING STUDENT OUTCOME GOALS
    Monitoring student outcome goals and student outcome goal progress measures with a school board-adopted monitoring calendar.

  4. STRUCTURING FOR SUCCESS
    Structuring the school board and leadership teams for success.

  5. ADOPTING GUARDRAILS
    Adopting theory of action, three to five superintendent guardrails, no more than five superintendent guardrail progress measures for each superintendent guardrail, and school board guardrails.

  6. ACTIVE TEAMWORK AND ADVOCACY
    Active teamwork and coaching support including school board quarterly self-evaluation. 

School Board members are important leaders in their school systems and hold the power to dramatically improve student achievement. Although not required, the training is recommended for two or three separate school boards to participate in to learn from and with each other. This approach also provides a larger discount for your school district.

Cost

The State of North Dakota will cover 50% of the cost for Be Legendary School Board Leadership certification. Discounted rates are available when two or more school boards attend training together:

One School Board

  • Total cost for training: $8,700
  • NDDPI pays: 50%
  • Cost to school board: $4,350

Two School Boards

  • Total cost for training: $12,500
  • NDDPI pays: 50%
  • Cost per school board: $3,125

Three School Boards

  • Total cost for training: $15,500
  • NDDPI pays: 50%
  • Cost per school board: $2,583

School boards participating in training may also invite an unlimited number of school leaders/personnel to attend training at no additional cost.

School board members who complete the two-day training will earn Be Legendary School Board Leadership Certification and will be recognized during the annual Governor’s Summit on Innovative Education.

NDDPI is exploring avenues to provide additional coaching and training opportunities to school boards via the Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute. Please contact Joe Kolosky for more information at (701) 328-2755.

The 2022-2023 Be Legendary School Board Institute Grant Competition application can be accessed here.

Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute: Certified School Boards

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Be Legendary School Board Leadership Institute: Certified School Boards
  • Belcourt School District #7 (2022)
  • Carrington Public School Board (2022)
  • Dickinson Public School Board (2022)
  • Ellendale Public School Board (2022)
  • Nedrose Public School Board (2022)
  • Rugby Public School Board (2022)