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David Schuler and Helen Morris on AASA’s Aspiring Superintendents Academy

January 11, 2018 0 Comments

In my experience, …

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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

Doug Eadie

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 …

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Don’t Let Fear Become an Insidious Foe of Board-Superintendent Collaboration

November 30, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

Several months ago I listened to a four-CD program by an American Buddhist nun, Pema Chodron.  Titled “Smile at Fear,” the program, which was recorded at one of her retreats, counsels, among other things, that the process of …

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It’s Curtain Time

November 7, 2017 0 Comments

    Doug Eadie

The curtain fell on a splendid production.  The superintendent couldn’t have been prouder of the chair of the school board’s new Strategic and Operational Planning Committee, and the chair couldn’t have been more pleased.  She’d just presented an …

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Engaging Board Members Creatively in Shaping the Annual Budget

October 11, 2017 0 Comments

The October 6 post at this blog made the case that superintendents – wearing the “Chief Governing Process Designer” hat – are well-advised to work with board committees in designing processes for engaging board members in a meaningful fashion in …

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Board-Savvy Superintendents Know That Owners Make For Reliable Partners

October 6, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

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, …

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Two Preeminent Board Development Change Champions

September 8, 2017 0 Comments

Doug Eadie

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 …

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

August 23, 2017 0 Comments

           Doug Eadie

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, …

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

July 10, 2017 0 Comments

 Dr. Nick Polyak

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 …

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