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If you are a school board member or just thinking about becoming one, this book was written for you. Having been involved with schools and school boards for over forty years, I’ve witnessed firsthand the powerful effects a well-defined and well-implemented board governance model can have.
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The first insight for my book came from a Robert Redford movie, The Candidate. Redford plays Bill McKay, a handsome and nonpolitical person who has just won an election. At the end of the movie, McKay, the victor, speaks directly to the camera: “What do we do now?”
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There are several people who helped me directly in the development of this book. My lovely wife—Patricia—has been very supportive of my career and the writing of this book. Several other people have also read, copyedited, and suggested changes and modifications: Rosemary Namit-Toth, Dr. David Steele, Larry Swift, Dr. Michael Boring, Sam Hunt, Aaron Owada, Joelle Steele, Barbara...
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Typically, a person who runs for the school district board has many activities that will take up much time. Whether the board member has family responsibilities, work, or other activities, the time spent to learn some new skills and develop further knowledge is an additional responsibility.
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Chapter challenge: What is the work of the board and the CEO in the traditional governance system?
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Chapter challenge: What is the work of the board and the CEO in the alternative governance system?
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Chapter challenge: What is the work of the board in creating a new governance system?
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Chapter challenge: As a board takes the initiative to develop its policies, it needs to know the principles of the board.
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Chapter challenge: How does a board member learn the work of the organization to accomplish goals, and monitor the performance of the CEO for the owners? Values Governance® System
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Chapter challenge: How do we assess and evaluate the work of the board and the CEO?
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Chapter challenge: How can we judge the performance of schools? What can improve the learning of students in a school?
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Chapter challenge: Students and their education are the main purpose or product of a school district. Therefore, this question must be answered: What are the roles of the board and the CEO?
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Chapter challenge: How can we gauge the depth of control that the board must have in directing the school district to meet the owners’ expectations?
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Chapter challenge: How do we engage in two-way listening and communication processes with the owners of our schools?
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Chapter challenge: Is there a governance system that can improve the school district governance?
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Throughout the book, we’ve seen many “bends in the road” as the school district deals with issues that provide elements of change in their district. Change requires the board members and the superintendent to use the tools, applications, and opportunities to engage with each issue and to communicate and engage the community as the owners of the district while developing their...
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Alternative Governance Systems: These governance models are the Policy Governance® system (developed in 1990; 1997; see Principle-Based Developed List) and the Coherent Governance® system (developed in 2011). Both of these alternative governance systems differ from the traditional governance system because both systems have the following categories of policies that...
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Chuck Namit is an education and nonprofit consultant and is president of Strategem, LLC, governance and leadership group that provides training, facilitation, board self- assessment, CEO and superintendent evaluation, CEO coaching, and governance training services for the public schools and the community. The firm provides governance training in Values Governance®, board governance, CEO...
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