ECS Commissioners provide leadership for ECS initiatives as well as for their states' education agendas. Because they understand the substance of education issues and the process and politics of change, they can help bridge the gap between good ideas and effective education policy. ECS commissioners can contribute to productive dialogue and collaborative activities between educators and policymakers as they work with ECS to create a climate for change and improvement in public education.
Because ECS so highly values the participation and leadership of its commissioners, they have the opportunity to serve in two ways:
Engage with ECS and other commissioners by:
Attending ECS meetings, including our annual National Forum on Education Policy each summer (early July) and the winter Commissioners' Meeting (December or January)
Leading ECS by reviewing our performance and casting critical votes on policy and procedure during the business session at the annual National Forum
Taking on an active role at ECS events, such as serving as a panelist or moderating a discussion
Guiding ECS' work by identifying key state education concerns and information needs where ECS resources can make the most impact
Suggesting nominees for ECS' annual awards
Providing feedback on the usefulness of ECS initiatives, Web resources, publications and online issue forums
Working with ECS staff to identify in-state project opportunities and funding resources.
Represent and promote ECS in their state by:
Distributing ECS resources to peers and colleagues
Attending other organizational or state meetings as an ECS representative
Assisting in the collection of the annual state fee assessment.