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Tag: K-12 governance

2 Powerful Board Development Vehicles:  a Hot Topic at my 2022 NCE Workshop

February 25, 2022 0 Comments

“The Superintendent as Board-Developer-in-Chief” was one of the five presentation/discussion modules in the pre-conference workshop I presented on February 16 at AASA’s 2022 National Conference on Education in Nashville.  Over the course of 45 minutes or so, workshop participants were …

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Leaving Administrators Out of the Governance Improvement Loop a Costly Mistake

February 1, 2022 0 Comments

Mea Culpa! 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 …

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How Superintendent-Aspirants Can Demonstrate Board-Savviness to Search Committees

December 8, 2021 0 Comments

A major ongoing theme of www.boardsavvysuperintendent.com has been preparing cabinet members who are what we call superintendent-aspirants to build productive, enduring partnerships with their new board.  As our readers well know, a shaky board-superintendent working relationship is virtually certain to …

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3 Quick Fixes That Won’t Corral the Rogues on Your Board

June 30, 2021 0 Comments

I’ve met more than a few “rogue” board members over the course of my 35 years as a governance advisor.  I define these board members as trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with …

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Governing Is Truly a Team Sport

June 21, 2021 0 Comments

A little over six years ago I was guilty of an error of judgment that taught me a couple of valuable lessons.  I’d been retained by a mid-size Midwestern school district to assist in planning, facilitating, and following up on …

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Training a Weak Tool  for Boosting Board Performance

January 12, 2021 0 Comments

David Brooks’ column in the January 1 issue of the New York Times, “We Just Saw How Minds Aren’t Changed,” reminded me of a superintendent coaching session I conducted several weeks ago.  Brooks, observing that 2020 was a year …

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Recruiting a Really Board-Savvy Superintendent

August 24, 2020 0 Comments

Experience has taught me – and I’m sure many if not most of this blog’s readers – that the more board-savvy its superintendent, the more effective a school board is likely to be as a governing body and the more …

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The Lynchpins of a High-Performing Board Committee Structure

August 12, 2020 0 Comments

While preparing for a four-hour Zoom work session later this week with the superintendent and cabinet of a large Midwestern school district, focusing on preparation for the launch of a new board committee structure, I reflected on a seminal learning …

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Welcome to the Frontier!

July 21, 2020 0 Comments

I opened the video webinar I recently presented for the board and superintendent of a Northern Virginia school division by observing that K-12 governance is frontier territory.  Far from being a mature, fully developed field, K-12 governance is characterized by …

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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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