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Tag: school board capacity building

Superintendent Leadership on the Governance Front:  An Emerging New Model

March 28, 2022 0 Comments

Over the course of my 35-plus years working with superintendents and their school boards, I’ve conducted hundreds of one-on-one interviews with superintendents, preparing for retreats and educational workshops.  One of my standard questions relates to processes superintendents have put in …

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Creating Board Development Champions

March 8, 2022 0 Comments

My February 25 post described two vehicles for developing your board’s governing capacity that we discussed in my pre-conference workshop at AASA’s National Conference on Education in Nashville.  Both the daylong retreat and the task force that holds five or …

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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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Solving the Board Development Puzzle:  the How

April 14, 2021 0 Comments

Our readers  might recall that the March 25 post at this blog dealt with two pieces of the board development puzzle:  WHAT does board development mean?  WHY is it critical that the superintendent spearhead board development, wearing the Board Developer-in-Chief …

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The Retreat as a Board Capacity Building Vehicle

June 8, 2020 0 Comments

Experience has taught me that a retreat involving your school board and senior administrators can be a powerful tool for building your board’s governing capacity and strengthening the board-superintendent partnership.  But – and it’s a really big caveat – you’ve …

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Virtual Board Standing Committees:  More Than Just a Half-Way House

April 14, 2020 0 Comments

“Could our five-person school board be realistically divided into two, much less three, standing committees?  Wouldn’t a committee with only two board members lack credibility?”  I expected the question, which came right after I’d presented my slides on board standing …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

February 5, 2020 0 Comments

A sorely disappointed superintendent and I were talking a couple of months ago.  She, her school board, and her senior administrators had gone through an intensive weekend retreat a six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to …

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

June 20, 2019 0 Comments

The April 4 post at this blog, “What About ‘Rogue’ Board Members?”, talked about tried and true approaches to reining in these trouble makers who march to their own governing tune at their own tempo, with little concern about the …

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Turning Your Board Into a Cohesive Governing Team: Part 2

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

As I noted in last week’s post at this blog, turning school boards into really cohesive governing teams is no piece of cake, primarily because the great majority of school board members are elected.  In practice this means that many …

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May the (Centrifugal) Force Not Be With You!

January 27, 2016 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606LargeA few months ago at a team building retreat I was facilitating, involving the board, superintendent and her top administrators of a large suburban district, I sat in on a breakout group that was really struggling. Its charge was to …

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