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Your Board President:  a Primo Stakeholder You Neglect at Your Peril

May 19, 2021 0 Comments

The special board work session had been scheduled to consider a key recommendation coming out of the daylong board-superintendent-cabinet governance retreat three  weeks earlier: replacing the board’s dysfunctional silo committees (e.g.,  curriculum and instruction) with committees aligned with the board’s …

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The Right Mindset is a Must For Building a Solid Partnership With Your Board

May 11, 2021 0 Comments

A staple of my one-on-one governance coaching sessions with superintendents in recent years has been the critical role that what I call “Mindset” plays in building and maintaining a close, positive, productive and enduring board-superintendent partnership.  What am I talking …

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From Building Principal to Superintendent of the Bloomfield Hills Schools: Patrick Watson Meets the Change Challenge

May 4, 2021 0 Comments

As you’ll learn from the video interview I recently recorded with Patrick Watson, Superintendent of Michigan’s Bloomfield Hills Schools, Pat has achieved quite a feat: making the challenging transition from building principal to highly effective chief executive officer of one …

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Solving the Board Development Puzzle: the What and the Why

March 25, 2021 0 Comments

The half-day Zoom governance workshop I presented a couple of weeks ago for 25-some superintendents of a  diverse array of districts included a segment on board development.  Early in my career I would  have been a trifle worried that the …

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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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Dr. Khalid Mumin:  Transformational Change leader Extraordinaire

November 2, 2020 0 Comments

The educational leaders reading this blog will definitely want to add Dr. Khalid Mumin’s new book Problem Child (www.WGWPublishing.com/books) to their professional library. Khalid, who serves as Superintendent of the Reading School District, has written a book about …

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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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Rockford Superintendent Ehren Jarrett:  Finding a Silver Lining in Crisis

April 27, 2020 0 Comments

As the video interview I recorded with Dr. Ehren Jarrett, Superintendent of the Rockford Public Schools (Illinois), indicates, he has been a consummate Energizer-in-Chief and master of crisis management during Covid 19.  Working closely with his Board, administrators and faculty, …

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Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield:  Energizer-in-Chief Extraordinaire

April 23, 2020 0 Comments

Our readers will recall that the March 31 post at this blog, “Crises Demand Energizers-in-Chief at All Levels” (https://boardsavvysuperintendent.com/crises-demand-energizers-in-chief-at-all-levels/), describes chief executives such as superintendents who wear the Energizer-in-Chief hat in tackling the twin challenges of education and …

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