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

  • Continue 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
  • Advocate for public education on the significant role and value of locally elected school board trustees
  • Continue 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
  • Continue 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, including accountability and governance
  • Commit to the creation of a module, communication materials and/or resources for trustees to use in their role to support social justice, equity and inclusion in their board and communities
  • Build capacity in the area of community involvement including trustee role in board committees
  • Continue focus on increased visibility and scope for action to expand capacity of First Nation trustees and increased general understanding of issues affecting First Nations
  • Continue to emphasize the role of First Nation trustees with regard to effective implementation of Education Services Agreements
  • Further strengthen the role of Regional Vice-Presidents and Board of Directors members as OPSBA ambassadors to boards in their region.
  • Advocate 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
  • Advocate for the inclusion of local school board governance in the government/civics curriculum (Grade 5 and Grade 10)

​Related Issues

Municipal Elections
School Board Governance
Student Trustees
Trustee Issues