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Author Archive: Doug Eadie

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

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Don’t Unwittingly Invite Board Micromanagement!

July 21, 2022 0 Comments

A superintendent called me recently, asking if I’d be interested in presenting a governance training workshop for her school board.  She explained that several board members were coming dangerously close to “micromanaging,” and she wanted them to understand the boundaries …

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4 Board-Savvy Superintendents on Preparing Superintendent-Aspirants to Take the Helm

June 27, 2022 0 Comments

A few years ago a really bright and thoughtful superintendent almost 18 months into her first superintendency reached out to me for help.  In our first two-hour coaching session, I learned that, in her opinion, she was handling her first …

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Superintendent-Aspirants Should Know How to Use Board Spear Carriers

June 7, 2022 0 Comments

The September 21,2020  post at this blog (https://boardsavvysuperintendent.com/david-schuler-on-preparing-aspiring-superintendents-for-the-top-spot/)  features my video interview with Dave Schuler, Lead Teacher of AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy and former AASA Chair, who discusses the mission, goals, and accomplishments of the Academy.  Dave and …

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Even Superb Performance Won’t Save a Badly Eroded Board-Superintendent Relationship

May 5, 2022 0 Comments

When I walked in Rich’s office for our weekly project review meeting, I found him slumped at his desk looking distraught.  When I asked him what’d happened, he just said “take a look,” handing me a form.  It was the

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A Compelling Case for Board Engagement In External Relations

April 14, 2022 0 Comments

In my workshops for school board members, superintendents, and superintendent-aspirants – including the one I presented at the 2022 AASA National Conference on Education, I make a point of discussing the creative, productive role that board members can play in …

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Superintendent Leadership on the Governance Front:  An Emerging New Model

March 28, 2022 0 Comments

Over the course of my 35-plus years working with superintendents and their school boards, I’ve conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews with superintendents, preparing for retreats and educational workshops.  One of my standard questions relates to processes superintendents have put in …

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Creating Board Development Champions

March 8, 2022 0 Comments

My February 25 post described two vehicles for developing your board’s governing capacity that we discussed in my pre-conference workshop at AASA’s National Conference on Education in Nashville.  Both the daylong retreat and the task force that holds five or …

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2 Powerful Board Development Vehicles:  a Hot Topic at my 2022 NCE Workshop

February 25, 2022 0 Comments

“The Superintendent as Board-Developer-in-Chief” was one of the five presentation/discussion modules in the pre-conference workshop I presented on February 16 at AASA’s 2022 National Conference on Education in Nashville.  Over the course of 45 minutes or so, workshop participants were …

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Beating the Odds:  Transforming the Culture of the Ithaca City School District

February 10, 2022 0 Comments

Kudos to the Board, Superintendent and Cabinet of New York’s Ithaca City School District for beating the odds by carrying out a successful decade-long cultural transformation initiative, which Board Vice President Sean Bradwell and Superintendent Luvelle Brown describe in the …

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Blazing a Trail on the Board Engagement Front in Colorado’s Thompson School District

February 9, 2022 0 Comments

As my recent video interview with Board President Barbara Kruse and Superintendent Marc Schaffer indicates, Colorado’s Thompson School District is blazing a new trail in the area of board member engagement.  Like many districts around the county these days, the …

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