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Board Capacity Building

Superintendents Oliver Robinson and Aaron Spence On Building a Cohesive Board Governing Team

February 3, 2016 0 Comments

The January 27 article on this blog – “May the (Centrifugal) Force Not Be With You!” – talks about one of the most insidious enemies of a really cohesive board governing team: the centrifugal force caused by board members’ loyalty …

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May the (Centrifugal) Force Not Be With You!

January 27, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeA few months ago at a team building retreat I was facilitating, involving the board, superintendent and her top administrators of a large suburban district, I sat in on a breakout group that was really struggling. Its charge was to …

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Don’t Unwittingly Invite Micro-management!

October 17, 2015 0 Comments

Businesswoman Using Digital TabletA superintendent called me earlier this week, 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 …

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Performance Oversight Isn’t the Superintendent’s Responsibility Alone

August 13, 2015 0 Comments

Businesswoman Using Digital Tablet“Falling fund a district slipup.”  This is the headline of a front page article by Marlene Sokol in the August 8 Tampa Bay Times – about the dramatic decline in the Hillsborough County Public Schools’ reserve fund:  from $298 million …

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Board-Superintendent Collaboration on the Monitoring Front

August 4, 2015 0 Comments

Bob Rader, Executive Director of the Connecticut Association of Boards of Education and a founding member of this blog’s Strategic Advisory Committee, has teamed up with two CABE Board members, First Vice President Ann Gruenberg and Vice President for Government …

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Don’t Be Seduced By the Siren Song of “Policy Governance”

July 8, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large“We’re in a state of shock and can’t figure out what’s going on.”  These were the first words I recall coming out of the board president’s mouth in the conference call she and her superintendent had scheduled with me.  They …

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Two Seasoned Leaders On Board Engagement

January 26, 2015 0 Comments

In Governing at the Top (  I describe a phenomenon that I’m sure many superintendents have observed over the course of their careers:  that school board members “who are actively engaged in shaping their governing decisions and judgments …

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