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President & CEO of Doug Eadie & Company, Inc., Doug Eadie assists superintendents in building rock-solid partnerships with their school boards.

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It’s Curtain Time

November 7, 2017 0 Comments

    Doug Eadie

The curtain fell on a splendid production.  The superintendent couldn’t have been prouder of the chair of the school board’s new Strategic and Operational Planning Committee, and the chair couldn’t have been more pleased.  She’d just presented an …

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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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