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Board Capacity Building

The Retreat as a Board Capacity Building Vehicle

June 8, 2020 0 Comments

Experience has taught me that a retreat involving your school board and senior administrators can be a powerful tool for building your board’s governing capacity and strengthening the board-superintendent partnership.  But – and it’s a really big caveat – you’ve …

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Virtual Board Standing Committees:  More Than Just a Half-Way House

April 14, 2020 0 Comments

“Could our five-person school board be realistically divided into two, much less three, standing committees?  Wouldn’t a committee with only two board members lack credibility?”  I expected the question, which came right after I’d presented my slides on board standing …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

February 5, 2020 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 a six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to …

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Kick Off 2020 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

December 2, 2019 0 Comments

Preparing for a recent superintendent coaching session, I fine-tuned the process that I’d  developed several years ago for updating the Superintendent Governance Strategy.  All really board-savvy superintendents know that governance (encompassing the work of the board and the board- superintendent …

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Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut Superintendents Discuss Enriching Board Composition

September 27, 2019 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I was privileged to facilitate a 1 1/2-day “High-Impact Governing  Work Session” involving 15-some Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut superintendents – a group that meets monthly under the leadership of the New Canaan superintendent, Bryan Luizzi.  We were

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

June 20, 2019 0 Comments

The April 4 post at this blog, “What About ‘Rogue’ Board Members?”, talked about tried and true approaches to reining in these trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with little concern about the …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Use Ritual as a Board Team Building Tool

April 25, 2019 0 Comments

“The prescribed form or order of conducting a religious or solemn ceremony.” “A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.”

These are two of the definitions of “ritual” in the Second College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary. In …

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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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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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Board Committees That Work

August 6, 2018 0 Comments

A couple of years ago during the first of four coaching sessions, the superintendent of a mid-size suburban school district identified board “micromanaging” as one of his 10 most worrisome challenges as the district’s relatively new chief executive officer.

When …

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