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Board-Superintendent Involvement in Innovation/Change Management

Getting Your Board-Superintendent Retreat Right

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

Retreats have become a popular vehicle for involving school board members, their superintendents, and senior administrators in accomplishing high-impact governing work that could not be accomplished – at least not as well – in regular board business meetings.  Updating a …

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The Miami Lighthouse Partners With the Miami Dade County Schools in the Pre-K Arena

April 18, 2018 0 Comments

Virginia Jacko and I tell her incredible true story in our book The Blind Visionary (www.GovernanceEdge.com):   losing her eyesight while serving as a senior financial executive at Purdue University; starting all over as a vocational rehabilitation student at …

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The Demand Side of Succession Planning: Ripe for Board Involvement

February 16, 2018 0 Comments

What a great week it’s been!  I was privileged to spend four hours Tuesday morning in Nashville, presenting a workshop (“The Board-Savvy Superintendent”) for – and interacting with – participants in AASA’s National Superintendent Certification Program.  I can’t recall having …

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Policies Transform Culture in the Ithaca (New York) City Schools

January 25, 2018 0 Comments

Wearing my governance consultant hat, I’ve read through hundreds of board policy manuals over the years, and I have to say that they don’t make for scintillating reading.  After all, policies are essentially rules that govern your district’s academic and …

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Two Preeminent Board Development Change Champions

September 8, 2017 0 Comments

The last post at this blog talked about the all-too-common resistance among board members to change on the governance front, often the result of fear – of  losing influence, experiencing discomfort, failing at doing something new, and the like.  I …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Don’t Underestimate Resistance to Governance Change

August 23, 2017 0 Comments

Resistance to change has scuttled more than one change ship in the sea of K-12 governance; in fact, it makes sense to assume that whatever approach your district takes to updating your board’s “governing design” – its role, structure and …

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K-12 Enterprise Part 3: Leyden District 212’s Partnership with A 1 Tool Company

July 10, 2017 0 Comments

This is the third article in our series looking at what we’re calling the “K-12 Enterprise.”  We’ve defined the K-12 Enterprise as a public school district that is more secure and better able to thrive in an increasingly competitive and …

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Leading the K-12 Enterprise

June 15, 2017 0 Comments

In Cleveland recently to facilitate a daylong board retreat, I dropped by the administrative headquarters of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District to chat with one of Eric Gordon’s top lieutenants, Dr. Roseann Canfora, the district’s Chief Communications Officer. You might …

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Dr. Devin Vodicka and 3 Students Discuss Vista USD’s Personalized Learning Initiative

March 24, 2017 1 Comment

A few weeks ago, during a conversation about educational innovation with Mort Sherman, AASA’s Associate Executive Director, Mort urged me to get in touch with a man he described as  a “consummate innovator,” Dr. Devin Vodicka.  Since educational innovation is …

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Large-Scale Innovation on the Learning Front in the Wilder (Idaho) Schools

December 14, 2016 0 Comments

Security and comfort are two of the most insidious siren songs drawing us away from important change.  Thinking about my own formal educational journey – as a student from first grade through graduate school and as an ancient history teacher …

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