The annual Board self-evaluation process is usually completed subsequent to the Superintendent evaluation. The two evaluation processes are complementary in nature.
The purpose of the annual Board self-evaluation is to answer the following questions:
- How well have we fulfilled each of our defined roles as a Board this past year?
- How do we perceive our interpersonal working relationships?
- How well do we receive input and how well do we communicate?
- How would we rate our Board-Superintendent relations?
- How well have we adhered to our governance policies?
- What have we accomplished this past year? How do we know?
The answers to these questions provide the data for the development of a positive path forward.
Trustee Leadership Quality Standards
In Alberta’s publicly funded school system, a trustee is a person who is elected by, and accountable to, the local community to serve a Board of Education in accordance with the School Act. As governors of a Catholic school district, Trustees have a dual role; Trustees are accountable to the minister through the School Act and to the local bishop through Canon Law. The Board of Trustees are members of the Alberta School Boards Association and the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association; both of these organizations have policy handbooks which clearly define the role of a trustee.
The new Education Act also defines the roles and responsibilities of elected boards and holds boards accountable to be responsible stewards and to engage in a generative governance process that includes the broader community in achieving optimal student success.
The Board of Trustees, in its efforts to govern with excellence, has developed the Trustee Leadership Quality Standards as a self-assessment tool to assist individual members of the board to achieve the highest level of leadership.