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Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut Superintendents Discuss Enriching Board Composition

September 27, 2019 0 Comments

Earlier this week, I was privileged to facilitate a 1 1/2-day “High-Impact Governing  Work Session” involving 15-some Southern Fairfield County, Connecticut superintendents – a group that meets monthly under the leadership of the New Canaan superintendent, Bryan Luizzi.  We were

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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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Board-Savvy Superintendents Use Ritual as a Board Team Building Tool

April 25, 2019 0 Comments

“The prescribed form or order of conducting a religious or solemn ceremony.” “A ceremonial act or a series of such acts.”

These are two of the definitions of “ritual” in the Second College Edition of the American Heritage Dictionary. In …

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What About “Rogue” Board Members?

April 4, 2019 0 Comments

We were talking about building school board self-management capacity at the preconference workshop I presented at the NSBA National Conference a week ago – specifically, how a board can manage its own governing performance by setting performance targets and standards …

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Two Barriers to High-Impact Governing Performance

February 8, 2019 0 Comments

This post is drawn from Chapter 3 of my forthcoming book, Building a High-Impact Board-Superintendent Partnership:  13 Critical Questions You Need to Answer, which describes several formidable barriers to school boards doing really high-impact governing work and examines proven  …

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Bake Your Board Cake First, Then Worry About the Icing

June 19, 2018 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 six weeks earlier.  She explained that it’d been put together to address …

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

August 23, 2017 0 Comments

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, structure and …

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First the Cake, Only Then the Icing

June 21, 2016 0 Comments

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

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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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Don’t Be Seduced By the Siren Song of “Policy Governance”

July 8, 2015 0 Comments

iStock_000020585606Large“We’re in a state of shock and can’t figure out what’s going on.”  These were the first words I recall coming out of the board president’s mouth in the conference call she and her superintendent had scheduled with me.  They …

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