Nomination Criteria

The nomination narrative should address significant contributions made by the nominee within the last five years, with an emphasis of work accomplished within the last twelve months of service as a California school board member. Contributions made under the auspices of other statewide organizations (i.e. PTA, ACSA, CTA) will not be considered. Nominations will be judged on the information provided by the nominator in the Nomination Entry form.

The criteria below identify attributes of an effective individual trustee as outlined in the CSBA Professional Governance Standards for School Board Members, which is available at this link for districts and county offices of education.

Nominees will be judged on their ability to:

  • Understand their role and follow through on their responsibilities
  • Focus on learning and achievement for all students
  • Value, support and advocate for public education
  • Participate in local, CSBA, state and/or national education activities
  • Support the board’s adopted Bylaws and Policies
  • Recognize and respect differences of perspectives and style on the board and among staff, students, parents and the community
  • Act with dignity, and understand the implications of demeanor and behavior
  • Adhere to established communication protocols and keep confidential matters confidential
  • Participate in CSBA professional development and commit to ongoing education to be an informed and effective leader
  • Understand the distinctions between board and staff roles, and refrain from performing management functions that are the responsibility of the superintendent and staff
  • Understand that authority rests with the board as a whole and not with individuals

Back to Nomination Form