Dr. Debbi Burdick's Vodcast

March 2019

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Script for the February 2019 Vodcast

  • March Vodcast 2019

    Hello, I am Debbi Burdick, the very proud superintendent of the Cave Creek Unified School District. Last month, I highlighted our very hard-working Governing Board members who are volunteers and committed to excellence for our students and staff. Last month, the Arizona School Board’s Association came to a Governing Board Work-study to provide professional development for the Board on the Eight Characteristics of Effective School Boards—research done by Brian Dervarics for the Center for Public Education. I applaud the Board for being learners, just as we advocate for our students and staff, and engaging in professional development to learn more about board service. Here is what was presented:

    1. Effective School boards commit to a vision of high expectations for student achievement and quality instruction and define clear goals toward that vision.
    2. Effective school boards have strong shared beliefs and values about what is possible for students and their ability to learn, and of the system and its ability to teach all children at high levels.
    3. Effective school boards are accountability driven, spending less time on operational issues and more time focused on policies to improve student achievement.
    4. Effective school boards have a collaborative relationship with staff and the community and establish a strong communications structure to inform and engage both internal and external stakeholders in setting and achieving district goals.
    5. Effective boards are data savvy; they embrace and monitor data, even when the information is negative, and use it to drive continuous improvement.
    6. Effective school boards align and sustain resources, such as professional development, to meet district goals.
    7. Effective school boards lead as a united team with the superintendent, each from their respective roles, with strong collaboration and mutual trust.
    8. Effective school boards take part in team development and training, sometimes with their superintendents, to build shared knowledge, values and commitments for their improvement efforts.

    Here are the remaining Board Meeting dates for this school year and we encourage you to attend: March 11th  – Business Meeting, April 8th  Business Meeting, April 22nd - Work Study, May 13th – Business Meeting, June 3rd – Business Meeting, and June 24th  - Work Study.

    Thank you for listening and as always, I look forward to seeing you in our schools!