DMPS SCHOOL BOARD INFORMATION:
The people of Des Moines elect seven members to serve as their representatives on the Des Moines School Board. In turn, the Board is responsible for the governance of Iowa’s largest provider of public education.
The Des Moines School Board meets regularly at 6:00 pm on the first and third Tuesdays of most months.
School Board meetings are held in the multi-purpose room on the 2nd floor of Central Campus, located at 1800 Grand Avenue in Des Moines.
FOR COPIES OF THE AGENDA AND MINUTES FOR A SCHOOL BOARD MEETING GO HERE
The current seven member school board after the September 10, 2013 School Board Election has the following members:
AT-LARGE – Cindy Elsbernd (Board Chair)
AT-LARGE – Bill Howard (Vice Chair)
DISTRICT 2 (North Side) – Toussaint Cheatom
DISTRICT 4 (South Side) – Teree Caldwell-Johnson
AT-LARGE – Connie Boesen
AT-LARGE – Rob X. Barron
AT-LARGE – Pat Sweeney
For contact information for school board members go HERE
Education Leader’s Pledge
The Des Moines Education Association has created a pledge they will ask all DMPS school board candidates and members to sign to demonstrate their commitment to quality, student-centered education and support for the professional autonomy of educators.
The text of the Education Leader’s Pledge:
DMEA EDUCATION LEADER’S PLEDGE
As a school board member, I realize that I am a key leader in shaping the teaching and learning environment in my community’s schools. While fulfilling my duties as a school board member, I pledge to…
- Support education that is student-centered and focuses on the development of the “whole child”.
- Support providing learning environments with rich, meaningful, engaging, and challenging experiences that empower the whole person to think, communicate, and interact so they can improve their lives and the lives of others.
- Support the creation of caring, supported, and democratic learning communities that ensure the rights of all students are respected, including those who lack the means to make their needs known.
- Promote measurements of student learning that are authentic and allow students to demonstrate their learning using their unique, individual talents.
- Avoid policies that overemphasize the use of standardized testing and rely on test scores to measure the quality of teaching and learning in our district.
- Support staffing that allows for small class sizes where educators can provide students with individual attention and support.
- Promote the importance of educator’s professional autonomy to create learning environments best suited to their individual students.
- Support teaching and learning environments that promote innovation and creativity for both educators and students.
- Avoid “one size fits all” mandates that do not recognize the unique needs of different students and communities.
- Advocate for reliable, adequate, and sustainable funding of public education.
- Act as an independent voice on the board that gathers input from all stakeholders before making a decision.
- Actively resist and work to change policies and practices that devalue or harm students, the education profession, or public education.
SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS WHO HAVE SIGNED THE PLEDGE:
- Toussaint Cheatom
- Teree Caldwell-Johnson
- Rob Barron
- Pat Sweeney