Advocating for the Role of Trustees as Members of the Board and Building Leadership Capacity

​​​Our Vision

OPSBA believes that trustees make a significant and direct contribution to the achievement of all students through their leadership in directing the policies and priorities of the local school board that shape a culture of continuous improvement.

The Focus of our Advocacy

  • Continued promotion of the role of trustees as members of the board, including advocacy for clear government support for the role of trustees as a matter of public confidence in education
  • Continued work on the multi-year plan for comprehensive trustee capacity-building and professional development
  • Provide supports for first-term trustees and new chairs in the 2014-2018 term of office, including mentorship and active promotion of OPSBA resources developed specifically to support trustees in their multi-faceted role
  • Continued professional learning for trustees as to scope and legal implications of trustee duties and building of deeper awareness of the day-to-day trustee requirements
  • Capacity-building in the area of community involvement including trustee role in Parent Involvement Committees
  • Continued focus on increased visibility and scope for action to expand capacity of First Nation trustees and increased general understanding of issues affecting First Nations
  • Ongoing emphasis on the role of First Nation trustee with regard to effective implementation of Education Services Agreements.
  • Further strengthen the role of Regional Vice-Presidents as OPSBA ambassadors to boards in their region
  • Explore the issues of representation of Aboriginal students in urban environments
  • Advocacy for improvements in communication from Ministry to Trustees, including meaningful consultation and partnership with trustees in strategies that affect school boards
  • Pursue legal and regulatory protection of the role of trustees, e.g. with regard to broad impacts of conflict of interest litigation

​Related Issues

Municipal Elections
School Board Governance
Student Trustees
Trustee Issues