High-performing districts understand the importance of providing quality professional development for staff, teachers and administrators. Professional development is also essential for the members of the school board. The most effective professional development engages teams to learn together, focus on the needs of students, and problem-solve in order to support student achievement and district improvement. A whole board book study on effective governance practices or a topic important to the district provides quality professional development at minimal cost.

Two book study guides are available for use by MSBA members. Login with your MSBA member account credentials to access the guides. Request an account here if you do not have one.

Book Study Guide for School Boards
This brief guide provides suggestions for organizing a whole board book study with any book the team selects. Tips for selecting a book, establishing norms for the study sessions, setting a calendar for the discussions and strategies for the discussions are included.

Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis Book Study Guide
This study guide will assist you in the reading and discussion of Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Dr. Robert Putnam. The guide is intended to be used by the district’s governance team of board members, the superintendent, and other central office administrators. It is organized by chapters, and each chapter contains a discussion guide and supporting resources.

The book is available for purchase at most bookstores and on Amazon.

You may also want to view this brief two minute overview of the book provided by Dr. Putman.

Chapter One
Chapter One Book Study Questions  PDF
Missouri and County Income and Average Wages  PDF
Poverty Data For All Missouri Counties  Excel

Chapter Two
Chapter Two Book Study Questions  PDF
Chapter Two. Our Kids. Concept Sort Cards  PDF
Household Types. Missouri. All Counties  Excel
Households by County  Word Template
Households in Adair County  PDF
Relationships of Children to Household. Missouri. All Counties  Excel

Chapter Three
Chapter Three Book Study Questions  PDF

Chapter Four
Chapter Four Book Study Questions  PDF
District Faculty Information Spreadsheet  Excel
District Graduate Analysis  Excel
District Graduation Rates  Excel
Missouri GED Data.2013  PDF

Chapter Five
Chapter Five Book Study Questions  PDF

Chapter Six
Chapter Six Book Study Questions  PDF

Board members who complete the book study may earn one CBM credit toward receiving Advanced, Master or Distinguished certification by completing this Credit Form.

If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the Leadership Development department at training@msbanet.org or call 573-445-9920, ext. 329