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Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices

Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices
Strategies for Developing and Maintaining Good Relationships With Your Board

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Leadership | Local Authorities

November 2006 | 152 pages | Corwin
'The authors fill a gap in the literature by providing a practical, experience-based look at how superintendents should approach the most important relationship in their professional lives. Working effectively with school boards is what it is all about, and this book shows you how' - Paul D. Houston, Executive Director, American Association of School Administrators

'This book provides practical insights and useful ideas to help district leaders who are serious about keeping the educational interest of children first among their priorities' - Pedro A. Noguera, Professor, New York University

Effective Superintendent-School Board Practices helps governors and school management team members develop an effective team that prioritizes quality teaching and learning.

Designed for practising and aspiring governors and school management team members, this exceptional book relates the everyday experiences and challenges faced by this important team. Combining 84 years of service in urban, rural, and suburban school districts, the authors offer:

• Real-life vignettes that highlight problems, successes, key points, and useful practices

• Indispensable information on building relationships, creating a team, managing conflict, and staying focused on priorities

• Reflective practice questions and self-assessments throughout

This rich resource offers knowledge, skills, and strategies to teach and inspire current and future leaders, based on the experiences of practitioners who have learned what works and what doesn't, leaving valuable time to focus on student achievement.

About the Authors
1. Building Relationships
The First Step

Understanding Each Board Member?s Interests and Goals

Adapting Communication Methods

Another Election, Another Challenge

Political Fine-Tuning

The Hidden Job Description

The Board Member Who Wants to Be Governor

Honoring Past Board Member Accomplishments

Relationship Building Never Ends

Chapter Summary

2. Creating a Team
Board-Superintendent Protocols

Use Planned Priorities as a Key Communication Strategy

Board Communicator

May I Ask That?

Preparing the Board for an Upcoming, Difficult Decision

When Is a Civility Policy Necessary?

Board Meeting Follow-Up

When Board Members Know Their Roles

A Facilitated Superintendent Evaluation Process

Board Self-Evaluation

Recognize Board Member Accomplishments

Chapter Summary

3. Staying Focused
Keeping the Mission, Philosophy, and Priorities in the Forefront

Taking the Plan to Others

Updating Your Strategic Plan

Monitoring Progress of District Goal Attainment

Working for Board Consensus

Maintaining Board Policies

Budget as a Decision-Making Tool

Chapter Summary

4. Managing Conflict
Who Is Really in Charge?

No Surprises

You Heard What at the Party?

All Internal Communication Is Not Internal

Responding to a Violation of Board Protocol

The Rebel Board Member

Chapter Summary

5. Moving On and Succession Planning
When to Leave

Learning About a New District

Knowing When to Retire

Saying Good-Bye

Making the Transition

Selecting a New Superintendent

Working as an Interim Superintendent

Chapter Summary

Resource A: Board-Superintendent Protocols for Effective Governance
Resource B: Planned Priorities
Resource C: Civility Policy
Resource D: Mission Statement and District Goals
Resource E: Strategic Plan
Resource F: Superintendent?s Evaluation Process
Resource G: School District Budget Development Calendar
Resource H: Budget Guidelines for Boards and Staff
Resource I: School District Responsibility Chart

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

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ISBN: 9781412940412