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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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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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Your Values Statement: More Than Meets the Eye

November 2, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large(1)You’ll recall that the last article posted at this blog, “The Governing Gold Standard,” describes a modern approach to developing innovation initiatives – what in my work I call the Change Investment Portfolio Process – that is rapidly replacing old-time …

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Don’t Let an Insidious Foe Damage the Partnership With Your Board

April 14, 2016 0 Comments

ethereal octopus from the depth (Octopus vulgari)Preparing for the “Board-Savvy Superintendent” workshop I’ll be presenting later this month for the Midlands Superintendents’ Academy at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, I was reminded of a sad true story that isn’t all that uncommon in my experience.  …

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Superintendents Jose Espinoza and Nick Polyak on Building a Strong Partnership With the Board

March 3, 2016 0 Comments

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Superintendents Oliver Robinson and Aaron Spence On Building a Cohesive Board Governing Team

February 3, 2016 0 Comments

The January 27 …

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Getting and Keeping the Best In Your Classrooms: a Classic Strategic Challenge

August 21, 2015 0 Comments
Yours Truly Outside Class

Yours Truly Outside Class

I treasure the memory of my deeply satisfying three-year stint teaching English and ancient history in grades 9, 10, and 11 at Tafari Makonnen School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia many years ago (an experience documented in …

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Are We Accountable For Fostering the Freedom To Fail?

June 24, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeBoard-savvy superintendents know that they’ve got to work closely with their school board members in coming up with practical ways to carry out one of the preeminent responsibilities of the board-superintendent “Strategic Governing Team:” measuring district educational performance.  Easier said …

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Capitalizing On Your School Board As a Rich Resource In External Relations: the Charlottesville City Schools Story

May 8, 2015 0 Comments
Superintendent Rosa Atkins

Superintendent Rosa Atkins

Public education has taken it on the chin in recent years.  School districts around the country have been thrown on the defensive by the apparent widespread skepticism about their educational and managerial effectiveness and by the growing …

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