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Tag: K-12 governance

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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Kick Off 2020 By Updating Your Superintendent Governance Strategy

December 2, 2019 0 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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Southern Fairfield County (CT) Superintendents Explore the Governance Frontier at Their High-Impact Governing Work Session

November 14, 2018 0 Comments

The daylong “High-Impact Governing Work Session” hosted by the Southern Fairfield County Superintendents Association on October 26 opened with a discussion of the wild and wonderful “field” of K-12 governance, which actually is still far from being a full-fledged field …

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Dueling Boards: a Cautionary True Story

November 9, 2018 0 Comments

The tension in the conference room was palpable, as the superintendent and her board president at one end of the table glared at the educational foundation CEO and his board chair at the other end.  I sat in the middle …

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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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Involving Students in District Governance at Leyden High School District 212

March 3, 2018 0 Comments

Self-appointing nonprofit boards that fill their own seats (for example, chambers of commerce, economic development corporations, private colleges, and social service providers) have over my quarter-century in the nonprofit/public leadership arena by design become steadily more diverse and representative. The …

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