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Engaging Board Members Creatively in Shaping the Annual Budget

October 11, 2017 0 Comments

The October 6 post at this blog made the case that superintendents – wearing the “Chief Governing Process Designer” hat – are well-advised to work with board committees in designing processes for engaging board members in a meaningful fashion in …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Know That Owners Make For Reliable Partners

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

A light bulb went off while I was sitting in on a board-superintendent-executive team work session early in my consulting career.  The superintendent, assisted by her associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and the district’s chief financial officer, …

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Two Preeminent Board Development Change Champions

September 8, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

The last post at this blog talked about the all-too-common resistance among board members to change on the governance front, often the result of fear – of  losing influence, experiencing discomfort, failing at doing something new, and the …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Don’t Underestimate Resistance to Governance Change

August 23, 2017 0 Comments

           Doug Eadie

Resistance to change has scuttled more than one change ship in the sea of K-12 governance; in fact, it makes sense to assume that whatever approach your district takes to updating your board’s “governing design” – its role, …

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K-12 Enterprise Part 3: Leyden District 212’s Partnership with A 1 Tool Company

July 10, 2017 0 Comments

 Dr. Nick Polyak

This is the third article in our series looking at what we’re calling the “K-12 Enterprise.”  We’ve defined the K-12 Enterprise as a public school district that is more secure and better able to thrive in an …

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More on the K-12 Enterprise: Creating Satisfied Indirect Customers

June 28, 2017 0 Comments

      Doug Eadie

Later today Superintendent Nick Polyak (Leyden School District 212, Illinois) will join Geoff Luther, the owner of A-l Tool Corporation, and Frank Holthouse, Leyden’s Careers and Community Outreach Director, in recording a podcast for this blog describing the …

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Leading the K-12 Enterprise

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

     Doug Eadie

In Cleveland recently to facilitate a daylong board retreat, I dropped by the administrative headquarters of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to chat with one of Eric Gordon’s top lieutenants, Dr. Roseann Canfora, the district’s Chief Communications Officer. …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Take “Caveat Emptor” to Heart

May 24, 2017 1 Comment

Doug Eadie

By all accounts, MaryEllen Elia was doing an outstanding job at the helm of the Hillsborough County Public Schools: significantly improving educational and administrative performance, building a collaborative working relationship with faculty, and launching a far-reaching teaching improvement …

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Taking the Helm as CEO of Your District

May 10, 2017 0 Comments

AASA Aspiring Superintendents Academy 5/6/17

We spent a lot of our time together last Saturday at the workshop I presented for AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy (“Hit the Ground Running With Your New Board”) talking about the very special nature of …

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Don’t Over-rely on Human Relations in Building Your Partnership With the Board

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

    Doug Eadie

The superintendent was a consummate people-person who had from the get-go paid close attention to the human dimension of her working relationship with the board during her three years at the helm of this Midwestern district.  As I …

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