NALEO National Policy Institute on School Governance - NALEO Educational Fund


September 27-28, 2019 | Chicago, Illinois

Latinos represent the second largest population group in the nation, making the future prosperity of our communities and the country intrinsically tied to the academic success of Latino students. To bolster the academic achievement of students, it is imperative that school board members work in partnership with their district leadership to establish a vision of shared values, sustain a clear balance of roles and responsibilities, serve as strong stewards of their district’s fiscal resources, monitor the academic progress of their students, and build collaborative relationships to positively lead their school districts toward their mission and goals.

The NALEO National Policy Institute on School Governance will bring together school board members from throughout the country to acquire strategies that will help them utilize innovative and successful policies and best practices to support student success. Participants will have an opportunity to network with their peers and hear from leading experts who will share their knowledge on pressing policy matters and governance strategies. The Policy Institute’s curriculum will include:

  • The State of Our Students
  • Governing Roles and Responsibilities
  • Fiscal Responsibilities and Budgeting 101
  • Policy Update: Understanding Federal Education Law and Local Implications
  • Leveraging Data for Effective Policymaking
  • Alignment Across the Education Pipeline: Dual Enrollment
This convening is part of the NALEO Education Leadership Initiative (NELI) which aims to provide Latino public servants with the enhanced capacity and governance skills they need to become effective advocates for their students, families, and communities.


Foundation Partners

For more information please contact:

Zaida Gonzalez

Program Coordinator
NALEO Educational Fund
Tel: (213) 747-7606 ext 137


8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Session I:

Joint Plenary: The State of Our Students

Over the last two decades, the Latino student population across all levels of education has grown. With this growth, education leaders have the opportunity to address and reduce achievement gaps. Policymakers can create sound policies that support the success of Latino students across the education pipeline through in-depth knowledge of the state of Latino students, barriers to success, and indicators of progress. In this session, participants will receive an overview of areas of strength and opportunities for growth in Latino student achievement.

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Session II:

Governing Roles and Responsibilities

School board members must clearly understand their governing roles and responsibilities so they can focus on facilitating a cohesive governing board that is centered on student achievement. The ability to create the conditions in which collaborative problem-solving can take place is critical in this current age of accountability and continuous improvement. This session will equip participants with best practices utilized by high-functioning boards so that school board members can be effective leaders for their districts and the families and students they serve.

12:45 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Luncheon Program:

Census 2020

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Session III:

Fiscal Responsibilities and Budgeting 101

A core responsibility of school boards is to approve and adopt the district’s annual budget. School boards must ensure that they are meeting accountability and transparency standards set by federal and state policy as well as aligning the district’s budget with their vision of student achievement and educational priorities. This session will equip participants with new research on education finance and will include interactive activities to practice budget strategies and financial communication techniques so school board members can better serve the needs of their students and meet their school district goals.

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Strategy Discussion

Participants will draw from their respective roles as policymakers to identify and discuss how they can strategically work with their governing boards and stakeholders to improve student outcomes in their states and local school districts. In this session, participants will delve deeper into policy issues armed with insights from topics covered in the first day of the Policy Institute.

4:45 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.


4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Opening Reception

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Opening Reception Donor:
American Federation of Teachers

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Session IV:

Policy Update: Understanding Federal Education Law and Local Implications

With the passage of Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), oversight has shifted from the federal level to the state and local levels, and local education agencies are now responsible for new financial, reporting, and accountability requirements. It is imperative that education policymakers understand the most recent amendments made to their ESSA State Plans and the impact these changes may have for their school districts. This session will provide participants with updates on ESSA, the status of State Plan amendments, and highlight opportunities where ESSA be can leveraged to support early learning, English Language Learners, and the improved academic outcome of all students.

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Session V:

Leveraging Data for Effective Policymaking

School board members have the opportunity to demonstrate political leadership by understanding how to harness data effectively and how to ask the right questions of the data to inform their policy decision-making. Data analysis can allow school boards to monitor student progress, set measurable goals and outcomes, create a continuous feedback loop for school district improvement, and build confidence and buy-in from critical stakeholders. In this session, participants will sharpen their knowledge by exploring the role data can play in building greater transparency and accountability for Latino students in their districts and by practicing strategies to interpret and communicate data to their communities in a meaningful way.

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Session VI:

Joint Plenary: Alignment Across the Education Pipeline: Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to simultaneously earn credit towards a high school diploma and a postsecondary credential that will empower them to thrive in the workforce. Sound policy decisions aimed at strengthening alignment across education pipelines under the stewardship of creative leaders can result in more cost effective dual enrollment programs that drive student degree attainment. This session will provide an overview of the various dual-credit approaches being implemented throughout the nation and highlight key policy areas aimed to prepare students to seize opportunities in a changing labor market.

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Strategy Discussion

Participants will share what they have learned during the Policy Institute and discuss with each other what strategies or policies they plan to implement in their school districts and post-secondary institutions to support the families and students they serve.

3:15 p.m. – 3:20 p.m.


3:20 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Closing Remarks