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Tag: K-12 board leadership

Beating the Odds:  Transforming the Culture of the Ithaca City School District

February 10, 2022 0 Comments

Kudos to the Board, Superintendent and Cabinet of New York’s Ithaca City School District for beating the odds by carrying out a successful decade-long cultural transformation initiative, which Board Vice President Sean Bradwell and Superintendent Luvelle Brown describe in the …

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Implementing is a Far Cry From Authorizing in the K-12 Governance Business

January 21, 2020 0 Comments

One of the more egregious errors I made early in my career as a K-12 governance consultant and coach was allowing myself to be pressured into facilitating a daylong board capacity building work session involving all board members and the …

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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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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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Breaking a Radical New Path To Understanding

December 3, 2015 0 Comments

I recognize the real Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton.” Sometimes Lin-Manuel shades the character differently than I do in the book, but that’s only natural. I think he has plucked out the dramatic essence of the character – his vaulting ambition,

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