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Turning Your Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 2

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

As I noted in last week’s post at this blog, turning school boards into really cohesive governing teams is no piece of cake, primarily because the great majority of school board members are elected.  In practice this means that many …

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Turning Your School Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 1

July 10, 2018 0 Comments

Teamwork in the abstract is neither here nor there for school boards. The only serious reason for developing your board’s teamwork is to help it function as a more effective governing body that gets its governing work done more effectively …

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Getting Your Board-Superintendent Retreat Right

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

Retreats have become a popular vehicle for involving school board members, their superintendents, and senior administrators in accomplishing high-impact governing work that could not be accomplished – at least not as well – in regular board business meetings.  Updating a …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

June 19, 2018 0 Comments

A sorely disappointed superintendent and I were talking a couple of months ago.  She, her school board, and her senior administrators had gone through an intensive weekend retreat six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to address …

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Capitalizing on Spear Carriers to Preserve Your CEO Line of Credit

June 13, 2018 0 Comments

The school board’s Planning & Development Committee held four intensive work sessions over the course of six months in coming up with a list of schools to be closed because of falling enrollment, working closely with the superintendent and her …

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Cleveland Heights-University Heights Superintendent Talisa Dixon on Dealing with Dramatic Board Turnover

May 4, 2018 0 Comments

“What can I do at this point?” The beleaguered superintendent in the workshop I was presenting last year on building solid board-superintendent partnerships had just shared a horror story with his colleagues in the room – one that I’d heard …

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The Miami Lighthouse Partners With the Miami Dade County Schools in the Pre-K Arena

April 18, 2018 0 Comments

Virginia Jacko and I tell her incredible true story in our book The Blind Visionary (www.GovernanceEdge.com):   losing her eyesight while serving as a senior financial executive at Purdue University; starting all over as a vocational rehabilitation student at …

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“Policy Governance:” Another Insidious Foe of a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

April 9, 2018 0 Comments

I found presenting my “Building a Rock-Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership” workshop at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio on April 6 tremendously energizing.  Standing for three hours can be wearing, of course, but the constant stream of thoughtful and pertinent questions …

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King Richard III: A Case for Aggressive Image Building

April 2, 2018 0 Comments

And therefore since I cannot prove a lover to entertain these fair well-spoken days, I am determined to prove a villain and hate the idle pleasures of these days. Plots have I laid, inductions dangerous….

Ah, King Richard III:   how …

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Harnessing the Power of Ownership: Overwhelming Approval of Highline Schools Capital Facilities Bond

March 28, 2018 0 Comments

  

I learned about the incredible power of Ownership as a force for change early in my career as a governance consultant.  The school board president and superintendent of a medium sized suburban district agreed to create a “Governance Improvement Task …

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