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Governance Team of the Year

GSBA Governance Team of the Year LogoGeorgia School Boards Association announced the creation of the GSBA Governance Team of the Year Award in 2018. This prestigious award honors the top board/superintendent team that best demonstrates its commitment to maximizing student achievement and enhancing trust and support for public education in their community.  This honor is deeply rooted in the components of the Georgia Vision for Public Education  research-based recommendations for Georgia’s public schools; however, a system does not have to have formally adopted the Vision for Public Education to apply.

GSBA is excited about what this award demonstrates for the governance teams that are recognized, as well as the statewide recognition it will bring to the hard work of public schools. New last year, there will be 3 winners – one for each category of Small, Medium and Large Districts.

Please note: The Governance Team of the Year award is different from the board recognition program (Quality, Distinguished & Exemplary Boards). The board recognition program still exists and are usually awarded during the June conference.

 

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How to Apply for the Governance Team of the Year (2023)

The screening questionnaire is now open for the 2023 Governance Team of the Year Award!

The questionnaire must be submitted by Thursday, January 5, 2023 at 5pm.

Suggested steps prior to completing the questionnaire:
* The superintendent should review each question to confirm that all minimum requirements have been met.
* The superintendent and board chair should review the questionnaire to see if they are both in agreement that all minimum requirements have been met.
* The superintendent and/or board chair should explain the GTOY process to each board member before completing the questionnaire.

Preview the screening questionnaire here. Note – you must fill the form out online through the link below to submit the questionnaire, this link is just a preview.

The first step in the 2023 GTOY process is to complete this GTOY Screening Questionnaire and to provide documentation as required. The GTOY Screening Questionnaire is directly aligned to the Standards for Effective Governance Teams.

Each district’s completed questionnaire will be reviewed by the GSBA Review Team to determine the three finalists in each classification who best meet minimum requirements. Each standard under each domain must be met in order to be considered. The three finalists in each classification will be eligible to complete the GTOY Application.

The second step in the process is for each finalist to complete the GTOY Application. The GTOY Application will focus on the work of the governance team. Each governance team member will be expected to understand the application questions, participate in crafting each response, and be able to elaborate on each answer during the interview if asked to do so.

Completed applications and questionnaires must be signed by each member of the governance team reflecting agreement with the answers provided.

Completed GTOY Questionnaires will be scored by a team of GSBA Raters who will determine the 3 finalists in each category – large, medium and small districts.

Completed GTOY Applications and Interviews will be judged by outside raters who will select the winners in each category – large, medium and small districts.

Please note:
* If you need clarification regarding content of the question, call Dr. Steve Barker (404-392-7483) or Lynita Jackson (770-318-5086).
* If you have trouble uploading documentation or other technical issues, call Stephanie Motter (770-822-3633)

For the 2023 Governance Team of the Year Award, GSBA will be utilizing Award Force, an online platform, to streamline this year’s application process. Applicants will have one location to fill out their information, upload supporting evidence, and save and edit their entries up until the deadline. If you have already created an account for the Board Recognition Program, you do not have to create a new one. Simply log in with your existing username and select the Governance Team of the Year application. If you have not previously created an account in Award Force, please do so when the application becomes available in October.

 

If you would like to watch a demo of how the Award Force platform works, please click here.

 

If you would like to watch an overview on the GTOY application and program changes, please click here.

Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists! See News Release Here! 

Finalists:

Small Category: 1-3,000 Students =
Winner – Bleckley County Schools

Medium Category: 3,001-10,000 =
Bryan County Schools
Dalton Public Schools
Dawson County Schools
Winner – Jefferson City Schools

Large Category: 10,001+ =
Winner- Cherokee County Schools
Coweta County Schools
Effingham County Schools
Henry County Schools
Walton County Schools

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