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Boosting the Governing IQ of the Superintendent-Aspirants in Your Cabinet

November 5, 2021 0 Comments

Last August, sitting in on a Cabinet governance work session that Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of the Rockford (Illinois) Public Schools, was facilitating, I observed a consummate board-savvy chief executive in action.  Over the course of four hours, Ehren and his …

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Deb Henton:  An Award Winning Superintendent’s Successful Transition to Association CEO

October 25, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview that Deb Henton and I recorded recently, she brought in-depth, wide-ranging K-12 leadership experience to her new role as Executive Director of the Minnesota Association of School Administrators when she took the helm …

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3 Quick Fixes That Won’t Corral the Rogues on Your Board

June 30, 2021 0 Comments

I’ve met more than a few “rogue” board members over the course of my 35 years as a governance advisor.  I define these board members as trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with …

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Governing Is Truly a Team Sport

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

A little over six years ago I was guilty of an error of judgment that taught me a couple of valuable lessons.  I’d been retained by a mid-size Midwestern school district to assist in planning, facilitating, and following up on …

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Board Standing Committees Supercharge Virginia Beach City Schools Governance

June 1, 2021 0 Comments

In the recent video interview I recorded with them, Board Chair Carolyn Rye and Superintendent Aaron Spence of the Virginia Beach City Schools make a compelling case for employing well-designed board standing committees to assist the school board in carrying …

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Your Board President:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 19, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-superintendent-cabinet governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  curriculum and instruction) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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The Right Mindset is a Must For Building a Solid Partnership With Your Board

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with superintendents in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-superintendent partnership.  What am I talking …

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From Building Principal to Superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills Schools: Patrick Watson Meets the Change Challenge

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Patrick Watson, Superintendent of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills Schools, Pat has achieved quite a feat: making the challenging transition from building principal to highly effective chief executive officer of one …

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President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon: the Columbus City Schools’ Dynamic Leadership Duo

April 27, 2021 0 Comments

 

 

The Columbus City School District is fortunate  to have a dynamic, cohesive leadership team at the helm in the person of Board President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon.  Among the several reasons why this partnership at the …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers  might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the superintendent spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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