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Even Superb Performance Won’t Save a Badly Eroded Board-Superintendent Relationship

May 5, 2022 0 Comments

When I walked in Rich’s office for our weekly project review meeting, I found him slumped at his desk looking distraught.  When I asked him what’d happened, he just said “take a look,” handing me a form.  It was the

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A Compelling Case for Board Engagement In External Relations

April 14, 2022 0 Comments

In my workshops for school board members, superintendents, and superintendent-aspirants – including the one I presented at the 2022 AASA National Conference on Education, I make a point of discussing the creative, productive role that board members can play in …

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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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Blazing a Trail on the Board Engagement Front in Colorado’s Thompson School District

February 9, 2022 0 Comments

As my recent video interview with Board President Barbara Kruse and Superintendent Marc Schaffer indicates, Colorado’s Thompson School District is blazing a new trail in the area of board member engagement.  Like many districts around the county these days, the …

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Transforming Annual Budget Preparation Into a Higher-Impact Leadership Tool

February 7, 2022 0 Comments

I’ve never come across a superintendent who wasn’t pretty much an expert in the art of annual budget preparation by the time she first takes the helm of a district. This isn’t the least surprising when you think about it.  …

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Board Standing Committees Supercharge Virginia Beach City Schools Governance

June 1, 2021 0 Comments

In the recent video interview I recorded with them, Board Chair Carolyn Rye and Superintendent Aaron Spence of the Virginia Beach City Schools make a compelling case for employing well-designed board standing committees to assist the school board in carrying …

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President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon: the Columbus City Schools’ Dynamic Leadership Duo

April 27, 2021 0 Comments

 

 

The Columbus City School District is fortunate  to have a dynamic, cohesive leadership team at the helm in the person of Board President Jennifer Adair and Superintendent Talisa Dixon.  Among the several reasons why this partnership at the …

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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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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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