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Tag: school board leadership

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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The Zoom Muzzle Syndrome Redux

November 30, 2020 0 Comments

My August 6 post at this blog, “Combatting the Zoom Muzzle Syndrome (ZMS),” begins by pointing out that Zoom has proved to be a very effective vehicle for holding virtual work sessions at which participants can reach consensus on complex …

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The Change Investment Portfolio:  A Practical Tool For Transformational Change Leaders

November 12, 2020 0 Comments

The November 2 post at this blog features Dr. Khalid Mumin, Superintendent of the Reading School District in Pennsylvania, as a prime example of a new-style K-12 chief executive:  the Transformational Change Leader.  The post describes 5 key attributes of …

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Don’t Unwittingly Turn Your Board Members Into Victims of Poorly Designed Structure and Process

October 14, 2020 0 Comments

A superintendent called me recently, asking if I’d be interested in presenting a governance training workshop for her school board.  She explained that several board members were coming dangerously close to “micro-managing,” and she wanted them to understand the boundaries …

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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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Combatting the Zoom Muzzle Syndrome (ZMS)

August 6, 2020 0 Comments

Since mid-March of this year I’ve participated – wearing my governance counsel hat – in numerous virtual work sessions of client school boards and standing committees, employing the popular Zoom video conferencing platform.  Zooming has made it possible for my …

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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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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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Energizer-in-Chief Redux:  Stakeholder Relationship Management

April 8, 2020 0 Comments

“Incredible.  We must be talking about 40 or more stakeholders.”  This was one of the responses to the question I asked in the daylong governance work session I was facilitating, after the  breakout group dealing with stakeholder relations had completed …

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Making Superintendent Evaluation a Relationship Adhesive

March 9, 2020 0 Comments

 

As always, I learned as much as I taught from the superintendents participating in the preconference workshop I presented on February 12 at AASA’s National Conference on Education in San Diego – “Cementing the Board-Superintendent Governing Partnership.”  The diverse, high-level …

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