24 Jun A Day on – Board Governance
A Day on – Board Governance
Consultant’s Assignment: Depending on the length of the workshop, schools can choose one, two, or all three parts of this governance training menu (or possibly pick one part and match it up with an abbreviated presentation on another topic offered kin this brochure). For those who choose the focus strictly on governance, the choices are the following:
• Part I – Trusteeship 101: For New Trustees, an overview (using role plays and case studies) of the basic concepts of independent school governance, including the roles and boundaries of the four major players: the board, head of school, faculty, and parent body.
• Part II – Trusteeship 201: An application of the BoardSource’s rubric of The Source: Twelve Principles of Governance that Power Exceptional Boards, utilizing the independent school governance tableau, NAIS data on board operations, and real-world case studies from the field.
• Part III – Trusteeship 301: For all trustees, an examination of the three levels of governance (fiduciary, strategic, and generative) as identified by Harvard scholar Dick Chait in his book, Governance as Leadership, with examples of each to engage trustees and school heads in thinking about how boards can add value to the school
School’s Advance Assignment: One or both of the following: 1.) Administer and share results with the consultant from the online NAIS Board Self-Assessment Survey or some other comparably comprehensive evaluation instrument. 2.) Create a survey for the board to consider Pat Bassett’s monograph on 25 Factors Great Schools Share in Common, asking each board member and administrative team member to identify five to eight top factors that are important to your school, that you do well, and that you could leverage; then asking each board member administrative team member to identify five to eight top factors that are important to your school, that you don’t do as well, and that need to be improved.
Consultant’s Deliverable: A day’s in-service board training, including debrief on board assessment and/or board/admin