Do you ever wonder what the Laubach Literacy Ontario Board is up to?
One thing we have been doing over the last three years is changing the way out Board works.
There are three basic models for how Boards work -
1. Collective Boards - this model is used in organizations that have no paid staff. Everyone pitches in and does the work.
2. Working Boards - this model is used in organizations with small staff. The Board tells staff what to do and how to do it.
3. Governance Boards - this model is used in organizations that are well established. The Board makes plans and policies. The staff decides what to do and how to do it but they have to follow the plans and policies.
We decided that LLO was ready for a Governance Board. One principle of a Governance Board is to keep the decision making as close to the action as possible. The LLO Board trusts the staff to follow the plans and policies, to make good decisions and to do the work. The staff reports to the Board and is accountable to the Board.
We did some strategic planning and we updated LLO's mission and vision statements. The mission statement tells people what Laubach does and the vision statement is about why we do it. We added some values statements that describe how we work. Click here to view.
Our latest step in becoming a better Board is to develop an evaluation plan. We have a plan to evaluate our work as Board members and are making a plan to evaluate how LLO is working towards our vision, mission and how we are upholding our values.
To start making the plan to evaluate how LLO is doing, we looked at
- our ideas of what LLO does and how LLO changes things for literacy learners and practitioners;
- what the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development expects LLO to achieve; and
- what people coming to the conference told us about their main concerns.
- Laubach Literacy Ontario is a leader in providing relevant, high quality resources so that members can meet the needs of learners.The outcome is achieved when members have a wide variety of easily accessible options for acquiring resources and member feedback tells us that the resources are relevant, high quality and help them meet the needs of the learners in their programs.
- Laubach Literacy Ontario is a leader in providing relevant, high quality training so that members can meet the needs of learners.The outcome is achieved when members have a wide variety of training options and member feedback tells us that the training is relevant, high quality and helps them meet the needs of the learners in their programs.
What do you think of those statements? Is this what you think that LLO should be doing? What are other things we can do to support literacy learning?
We are working on a plan for how we will collect feedback from members and learners about how we are doing and what we should be doing. We will want to talk to you. We will probably send out questionnaires and evaluation forms but we also want to talk to you one to one whenever we can. The next place we will see you is at the conference – please tell us how we are doing and your ideas for what we could be doing to support learners and practitioners.
By Tracey Mollins, LLO Board member and Policy Committee Chair.
To view an excellent Board self-evaluation questionnaire, developed by Dalhousie University, which the LLO Board used click here.