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Board-Superintendent Relationship

Cleveland Heights-University Heights Superintendent Talisa Dixon on Dealing with Dramatic Board Turnover

May 4, 2018 0 Comments

“What can I do at this point?” The beleaguered superintendent in the workshop I was presenting last year on building solid board-superintendent partnerships had just shared a horror story with his colleagues in the room – one that I’d heard …

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“Policy Governance:” Another Insidious Foe of a Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership

April 9, 2018 0 Comments

I found presenting my “Building a Rock-Solid Board-Superintendent Partnership” workshop at NSBA’s annual conference in San Antonio on April 6 tremendously energizing.  Standing for three hours can be wearing, of course, but the constant stream of thoughtful and pertinent questions …

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Time to Update and Fine-Tune Your Superintendent Leadership Resolutions

December 21, 2017 0 Comments

 

There’s wide agreement in the K-12 sector that one of the preeminent vehicles for building and maintaining a close, productive, and enduring board-superintendent working relationship is a well-designed and meticulously executed process for board evaluation of superintendent performance. Superintendent …

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How Ironic!

December 14, 2017 0 Comments

Over the years, I’ve been privileged to present a number of governance keynotes and workshops at AASA, NSBA, and state K-12 association meetings. As is my custom, at the beginning of each program, I’ve typically asked for a show of …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Know That Owners Make For Reliable Partners

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

A light bulb went off while I was sitting in on a board-superintendent-executive team work session early in my consulting career.  The superintendent, assisted by her associate superintendent for curriculum and instruction and the district’s chief financial officer, was presenting …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Take “Caveat Emptor” to Heart

May 24, 2017 1 Comment

By all accounts, MaryEllen Elia was doing an outstanding job at the helm of the Hillsborough County Public Schools: significantly improving educational and administrative performance, building a collaborative working relationship with faculty, and launching a far-reaching teaching improvement initiative with …

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Don’t Over-rely on Human Relations in Building Your Partnership With the Board

April 27, 2017 0 Comments

The superintendent was a consummate people-person who had from the get-go paid close attention to the human dimension of her working relationship with the board during her three years at the helm of this Midwestern district.  As I learned over …

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Making Superintendent Evaluation a Powerful Relationship Building Tool

April 14, 2017 0 Comments

Truly board-savvy superintendents make sure that their board evaluates their performance at least annually, employing a well-designed process that gets the heart of the superintendent’s leadership as chief executive of her district.  Really board-savvy superintendents know that a simplistic approach …

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Kick Off 2017 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

January 3, 2017 2 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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Don’t Get Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

July 23, 2016 0 Comments

“I’m caught between a rock and a hard spot, and it doesn’t feel good – in fact, kind of dangerous.”  This is how the superintendent opened our one-on-one coaching session several months ago.  She went on to explain that her …

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