NALEO Policy Institute on School Governance: Cultivating Local Leadership to Advance Student Success - NALEO Educational Fund


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


Title Sponsors


Investor Sponsor
Force Multiplier Solutions, Inc.


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.

Edward R. Roybal Legacy Gala 2016

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.

Session V:

The Implications of Every Student Success Act (ESSA) on State & Local Budgets

This session provided an overview and highlighted examples of new and current state and local funding structures that served as models for sustainable and equitable funding policies now that ESSA will be influencing how local school districts will be funded. Participants had an opportunity to discuss how the implementation of new funding policies could positively influence student outcomes.

• Mr. David Sciarra, Esq., Executive Director, Education Law Center

• Mr. Joel Knudson, Senior Researcher, American Institutes for Research; Deputy Director, California Collaborative on District Reform

10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Session VI:

Overview of the Budget Process and Procedures

This session provided an overview of the budget process and presented school board members with strategies to better understand their district budget. Officials gained knowledge about the critical financial issues facing school districts, including budgetary challenges; their role in the process; the politics of budgeting; and maximizing the budget during this time of change in federal education policy.

• Dr. Richard Stedry, Business Operations Consultant, Education Planning, Inc.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Session VII:

ESSA Implementation: New Roles and Responsibilities with Increased Local Control

The ESSA will empower state and local decision-makers to develop their own strong systems to improve student achievement. As part of the accountability provisions set forth in the law, ESSA will require that every state have a new accountability system by the 2017-18 school year. This session focused on the emerging role of statewide accountability systems, opportunities, and implications for local implementation.

• Ms. Karen Nussle, Executive Director, Collaborative For Student Success
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• Ms. Delia Pompa, Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Migration Policy Institute
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3:00 – 3:15 p.m.

Evaluations and Closing Remarks