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Everett Schools have 'Board of Distinction'

Awarded for decisions tied to positive student outcomes


Last updated 11/6/2020 at 1:17pm

Photo courtesy of Everett Public Schools

Everett School Board is shown here. Front, from left: April Berg, Caroline Mason, Andrew Nicholls. Back: Pam LeSesne, Traci Mitchell.

Everett Public Schools board of directors is being honored as a Board of Distinction.

Each year the Washington State School Directors Association (WSSDA) program establishes criteria. The Everett School Board was recognized for work that addressed inequity, a need for engagement, and a gap in opportunity for some students.

"Receiving this recognition is not only an honor, but a valuable process in self-reflection for our board to inspect our successes and strategies benefiting students, identifying connections between those positive outcomes, and our decisions and then hopefully inspiring the work of others into the future," said Superintendent Ian Saltzman. "We have an amazing board of directors."

Applications are reviewed by a panel of judges that includes former and current educational service district superintendents, State Board of Education board members, former school directors, and other education leaders in Washington state. Scoring is based on how well applicants show alignment with the Washington School Board Standards, support their statements with data, and demonstrate a link between outcomes and decisions made by the board.

The WSSDA noted Everett School District's board for the following:

* Efforts to better understand student achievement and the gap that may be caused by inequities;

* Decisions and actions taken to positively impact the opportunity gap and community engagement showing collaboration with families and community members; and

* Responding to diverse interests and needs and mobilizing community resources.

"We are honored to be receiving this recognition as it reflects the work of our entire district to support our students during a very challenging time," said Board President Caroline Mason. "More so than ever it is important to have strong governance practices in place, and I believe the adjustments we've had to make due to the impacts from the coronavirus have brought additional cohesion and focus to our work."

The awards ceremony at the WSSDA Annual Conference will differ slightly from previous years since the conference is virtual. On Nov. 19, Everett's school board will be honored along with 24 other Boards of Distinction. The Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction lists 295 districts in the state.

National research on the WSSDA shows a correlation between board actions and student outcomes. The governing bodies recognized as Boards of Distinction have shown the relationship between Board decisions and positive student outcomes. Materials will be posted here in November, and a full list of honored school districts is available as well:


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