March 15-16, 2016 | Washington, D.C.

Local school boards are charged with the responsibility to develop policies and practices to ensure that student learning and academic success remain an outcome and priority. In order for the board to be successful in its role, it is important that each and every board member possess strong governance skills to enhance the board’s collective strength. These skill sets include the ability to understand the processes, procedures, and systems in place in order to successfully navigate the policymaking bureaucracy. Effective board members are those who learn to navigate both the formal and informal structures successfully, and also become leaders within and throughout the process.

On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed into law. The federal reauthorization of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) comes with financial, accountability, and reporting modifications. Given the shifts in oversight and accountability systems from the federal level to the state and local levels, it is imperative school board members understand the components within the legislation that will ultimately set the goals and potential outcomes for the students they serve. During this time of transition, school board members will need to exercise their leadership and governance skills to develop good public policy to better shape the educational experiences their students and families will encounter in their communities.

The goal of the NALEO Policy Institute on School Governance is to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities. School board members attending this two-day convening will hear from leading education experts from the public, private, and non-profit sectors who will tackle pressing policy and key governance topics.

The Institute will include a curriculum that covers:

  • Parliamentary Procedures
  • Overview of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
  • Implications of the ESSA on State & Local Budgets
  • Overview of the Budget Process
  • Adjusting Roles and Increased Responsibility of Local Control with ESSA


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  • Tuesday, March 15
  • Wednesday, March 16

7:15 a.m. – 8:15 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks & Introductions

8:30 a.m. – 8:45 a.m.

Session I:


Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and Local Governance: A New Era in Public Education

With the recently passed Every Student Succeeds Act, new policy shifts will occur that will make local governance a key component of a school district’s success. This introductory session contextualized the need for policymakers to enhance their governance skills to better support their local school districts during a time of ongoing changes in public education.

• Hon. Robert Peña, Trustee, Edinburg Consolidated Independent School District, Texas; NALEO Board Member

8:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Session II:


Introduction to Robert’s Rules of Order

This session equipped participants with confidence and knowledge on parliamentary procedures that ensures school board members rightfully participate in the governance process and enhance their leadership skills and effectiveness.

• Ms. Colette Collier Trohan, CCP-T, PRP, CEO, A Great Meeting Inc.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session III:


Overview of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

Under ESSA, states are now accountable for closing student achievement gaps, evaluating teachers and administrators, and ensuring that all students are on track to graduate college and career ready. This session provided an overview of ESSA and some of the important changes that differentiate this federal law from No Child Left Behind (NCLB).

• Ms. Daria Hall, Interim Vice President for Government Affairs and Communications, The Education Trust
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2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Session IV:


Policymaking and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

In order for policymakers to meet the long term goals set forth by ESSA, leaders must strategically leverage the policymaking process to maneuver the new frameworks of the law. This interactive session provided participants with an opportunity to apply the content learned in previous sessions in anticipation of renewed policy debates as local leaders begin to implement ESSA.

• Ms. Sukhi K. Ahluwalia, Partner, Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo

4:15 p.m.

Adjourn for the Day

5:30 p.m.

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