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What About “Rogue” Board Members?

April 4, 2019 0 Comments

We were talking about building school board self-management capacity at the preconference workshop I presented at the NSBA National Conference a week ago – specifically, how a board can manage its own governing performance by setting performance targets and standards …

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Harnessing the Power of Ownership in the Highline Public Schools

March 18, 2019 0 Comments
Harnessing the Power of Ownership in the Highline Public Schools

Turning board members into satisfied owners of their governing work through meaningful engagement in planning and other governing functions is a major theme in my forthcoming book, “Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  11 Critical Questions You Need to Answer,” which

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Naked in the Public Eye: Talking With Superintendent and Author Oliver Robinson

March 7, 2019 0 Comments

If you’d like to know how Superintendent Oliver Robinson came up with the intriguing title “Naked in the Public Eye” for his new book, listen to the podcast Oliver and I recorded  for this blog.

Naked in the Public Eye

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Transforming a Committee Chair Into a Stalwart Ally

February 26, 2019 0 Comments

The crowning achievement of the school board’s performance monitoring committee during its first year of operation was a complete overhaul of the quarterly financial report to the board, which was unveiled at the fourth meeting of the new fiscal year. …

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Two Barriers to High-Impact Governing Performance

February 8, 2019 0 Comments

This post is drawn from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer, which describes several formidable barriers to school boards doing really high-impact governing work and examines proven  …

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Joining the International CEO Profession

January 7, 2019 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Chapter Four of  Doug Eadie’s forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

In my travels around the country, I see growing recognition that …

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Welcome to the Frontier

December 19, 2018 0 Comments

The following article is excerpted from Chapter One of  Doug Eadie’s forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer (Rowman & Littlefield, 2019).

“Raise your hand if you’ve had a really comprehensive, nuts and …

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Don’t Let Yourself Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

November 29, 2018 0 Comments

“I’m caught between a rock and a hard spot, and it doesn’t feel good – in fact, kind of dangerous.” This is how the superintendent opened our one-on-one coaching session several months ago. She went on to explain that her …

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Southern Fairfield County (CT) Superintendents Explore the Governance Frontier at Their High-Impact Governing Work Session

November 14, 2018 0 Comments

The daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” hosted by the Southern Fairfield County Superintendents Association on October 26 opened with a discussion of the wild and wonderful “field” of K-12 governance, which actually is still far from being a full-fledged field …

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Dueling Boards: a Cautionary True Story

November 9, 2018 0 Comments

The tension in the conference room was palpable, as the superintendent and her board president at one end of the table glared at the educational foundation CEO and his board chair at the other end.  I sat in the middle …

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