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Board Capacity Building

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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Leaving Administrators Out of the Governance Improvement Loop a Costly Mistake

February 1, 2022 0 Comments

Mea Culpa! One of the more egregious errors I made early in my career as a K-12 governance consultant and coach was allowing myself to be pressured into facilitating a daylong board capacity building work session involving all board members …

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The Chief Staff Liaison:  Lynchpin of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

January 25, 2022 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session recently with the superintendent and cabinet of a large Midwestern school district, focusing on preparation for the launch of a new board committee structure, I reflected on a seminal learning experience early …

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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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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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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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Launch Michigan:  MASA Leads Statewide Out of the Box K-12 Innovation and Change

April 2, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Board President Andrew Brodie and Executive Director Tina Kerr of the Michigan Association of Superintendents and Administrators, Launch Michigan is truly what is known as an “out of the …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some superintendents of a  diverse array of districts included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a trifle worried that the …

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Training a Weak Tool  for Boosting Board Performance

January 12, 2021 0 Comments

David Brooks’ column in the January 1 issue of the New York Times, “We Just Saw How Minds Aren’t Changed,” reminded me of a superintendent coaching session I conducted several weeks ago.  Brooks, observing that 2020 was a year …

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Don’t Unwittingly Turn Your Board Members Into Victims of Poorly Designed Structure and Process

October 14, 2020 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 “micro-managing,” and she wanted them to understand the boundaries …

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