The Canadian School Boards Association (CSBA) consists of members from provincial school boards associations that represent just over 250 school boards, serving more than three million elementary and secondary school students across Canada. The CSBA advocates educational success for each and every student and promotes the value of locally elected school boards. We maximize our advocacy efforts through collaboration and information sharing among all educational partners across the country.
The vision of the CSBA is excellence in public education achieved through school boards.
- To support jurisdictional school board associations in their mandates.
- To advocate on national, collective interests of Canadian children on behalf of the provincial/territorial public school boards that serve them.
- To promote the role democratically elected school boards play in ensuring quality and equitable education in Canada.
What We Do
The Canadian School Boards Association strongly supports of the public school system and the value of local school boards/districts across Canada. We uphold excellence in school board governance and are committed to providing tools, leadership, professional development and communication opportunities to trustees and commissioners across Canada as well as advocating for them on shared, national issues.
Strong school board leadership plays a meaningful and vital role in our school boards across the country, and has a direct impact on student achievement and school success for all Canadian students. When it comes to improvements in student achievement research shows that how school boards govern really matters.
Canadian trustees and commissioners are responsible for:
- Using democratic principles to govern school boards
- Allocating resources and make budgetary decisions, based on local school board culture and accountability to the community
- Advocating at the grassroots level for their schools and communities
- Providing leadership and policy implementation that impact student teaching and learning
- Making evidence-based decisions
- Setting a vision, high standards and culture for their school boards and schools
- Providing an important school/community connection
- Promoting the values and beliefs of their school boards and communities
- Strongly advocating for student achievement
- Understanding and debating programs and practices that lead to student achievement
- Understanding current issues in student learning in their boards
- Demonstrating a 100% commitment to student success