Civility. Transparency. Accountability.

Connecticut’s more than 150 school boards play a critical role in our public education system. That’s why ConnCAN launched Board Watch in 2017, a grassroots effort involving community volunteers who are trained to observe and hold their local school boards accountable in cities and towns across Connecticut.

Volunteers are informed local citizens who care about the city they live in and have committed to serve as independent observers and evaluators of their local school board’s governance and their work towards their established goals.

Volunteer for Board Watch

Get involved in your community to ensure that our school boards operate with civility, transparency and accountability as they make critical choices for our students, teachers and districts.

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More about the program

Board Watch seeks to empower citizens as engaged participants in their local government who promote civility and inform other community members about the important issues before their local school board.

Volunteers get special training from ConnCAN to learn how school boards work and to recognize good governance practices. Each Board Watch observer attends up to two school board meetings within three months and completes an individual report, using a form and survey provided by the program, after each meeting. Responses are calculated for each meeting and translated into a grade for each of the five Board Watch indicators of good governance.

Board Watch advances equity and excellence by:

  • Promoting open, transparent, accountable and effective school boards;
  • Encouraging civil and professional school board conduct;
  • Informing the public about school board performance;
  • Educating residents about the importance of effective school board governance and how to recognize it;
  • Identifying areas where action or improvement is needed;
  • Raising the public’s expectations for school board governance; and
  • Ensuring that issues involved student achievement and equity are monitored.

 

Our results so far 

 

Norwalk Board of Education: Grades and Reports

3.13 AVERAGE GRADE

FOCUS AND MISSION 3.13 B
TRANSPARENCY 3.8 B+
CONDUCT 3.8 B+
ROLE CLARITY 3.6 B+
COMPETENCY 3.5 B
OVERALL 3.55 B+

Grade as of February 9, 2018

In 2017, nine Board Watch members in Norwalk observed 10 Board of Education meetings and graded those meetings, drawings on trainings and rubrics designed to help them recognize best practices.

Click below to read our reports that summarize Board Watch volunteer feedback on the governance, processes and conduct of the Norwalk Board of Education its members.

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