OS recognizes that success in educational programs often depends on the quality of a school board’s performance in providing policy guidance and oversight for school programs. The need for training school board members is particularly vital overseas because of the inordinately high turnover of board members in many locations. Each year, OS arranges for consultants to provide training to individual overseas school boards and to speak at regional conferences of overseas schools. OS also helped fund the publication of The International Trustee Handbook, which was written specifically for the needs of international school boards of trustees around the world.
The Overseas Schools Advisory Council has helped train board members of Department-assisted overseas schools through grants to the regional associations of overseas schools for the following projects: