Tips for school administrators

Let your board members know how much their work for students is appreciated during School Board Recognition Month (SBRM) in January. This printed kit is just the starting point.

The theme for 2022 is Resilient, Ready, and Relentless for all Colorado schools and their students, and we hope these ideas will spark creative and meaningful board appreciation campaigns in your district!

  • Add a special school board recognition “thank you” to the district’s Internet home page. (online badges)
  • Present SBRM certificates, student thank-you cards, artwork, and any other tokens of appreciation to board members during the event. (certificate
  • Arrange for a city or county official to proclaim January School Board Recognition Month. (sample proclamation
  • Feature recent school board accomplishments in the January district and school newsletters and in the staff bulletin. (sample newsletter article
  • Profile board members in the January district and school newsletters and staff bulletin. Include information on their families, careers, hobbies, and volunteer activities. 
  • Make bookmarks featuring the school board. Include board member photos; the district name, address, and phone number; board meeting dates, times, and locations; the district’s mission statement; and a brief “thank you” to the board for its support of student reading. Distribute these bookmarks to schools, libraries, boys’ and girls’ clubs, recreation centers, and bookstores. 
  • Host a surprise virtual event for board members and invite school staff, community leaders, and members of the news media. Coordinate this activity with the board members’ families. Encourage staff to prepare a nice “roast” of each board member. 
  • Arrange for a virtual music recital and ask each board member to give a five-minute speech about themselves and how they want to further public education. 
  • Invite each board member to visit the district’s schools and interact with students depending on age (read to first graders, perform a science experiment with a high school chemistry student). 
  • Ask board members to share their positive thoughts about the district’s students, staff, and community and to describe their role on the board. Post these on the school website, include an in-school newsletter, or submit them to your local newspaper.

Inspired by: Ohio School Boards Association and Texas Association of School Boards