As leaders in school board governance, trustees are committed to initiating the important conversations that improve life chances for students and to engaging in vital professional and personal learning that hones leadership skills. OPSBA's professional development services support trustees in their role of ensuring Ontario's education system continues to consistently produce excellent results in student achievement and well-being.
OPSBA believes that trustees make a significant and direct contribution to the achievement of all students through their leadership in setting priorities, shaping policy and directing the resources of the local school board to build a culture of continuous improvement. One of OPSBA's leading priorities is trustee professional development that enhances skills, builds capacity and provides the kind of information and analysis that supports informed decision-making. This is accomplished through symposia and conferences, single-day events, regional meetings, and other learning opportunities such as the comprehensive suite of online Trustee Professional Development Modules.
Our multi-year priority on building trustee leadership capacity includes development of the resource Good Governance: A Guide for Trustees, School Boards, Directors of Education and Communities. This is both an orientation for new trustees and a refresher for experienced trustees. It incorporates the most up-to-date legislative and policy changes affecting the education environment and the current version was released to coincide with the new term of office for school board trustees following the 2014 Municipal and School Board Elections.
The 18 professional learning modules for trustees and school boards are inspired by the thoughtfulness and commitment that trustees bring to their governance work. The modules are:
These modules can be accessed free-of-charge at http://modules.ontarioschooltrustees.org/en/.