NESA Governance Series
DAVID CHOJNACKI & RICK DETWILER
Webinar 1: September 8, 2020
Webinar 2: September 15, 2020
Webinar 3:September 22, 2020
The NESA Governance Series presents an opportunity for Trustees and Heads to engage in interactive webinars addressing the seven Modules of the NESA/AAIE Board Development Curriculum. Consultants will lead the sessions with a short presentation and then facilitate discussion around the seven essential questions that cover the breadth of the “curriculum.”
This live webinar series is open to all schools; offered at no cost to NESA Member and Affiliate Schools. Participants may register for one, two, or all three webinars.REGISTER
Roles & Responsibilities / Fiduciary Practices
September 8, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, GMT+3)
❖ HOW DOES THE BOARD PERFORM THE ROLES AND FULFILL ITS RESPONSIBILITIES OF BOTH GOVERNANCE AND LEADERSHIP?
- explore the meaning and relevance to their Board of the NAIS Principles of Good Practice.
- understand the respective roles and responsibilities of the Board and the Head of School.
- acknowledge why policies are useful and examine criteria of effective policies.
- examine the role of Board officers with particular attention to the effective performance of the chair.
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD MEET ITS FIDUCIARY OBLIGATIONS AND SERVE AS A GOOD STEWARD?
- explore a variety of practices that help fulfill the Board’s fiduciary responsibilities.
- reflect on the Board’s role in risk mitigation.
- examine standard Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest policies and discuss ways to prevent, and if necessary, resolve such breaches.
Growing and Sustaining the Board / The Board-Head of School Relationship
September 15, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, GMT+3)
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD BUILD AND SUSTAIN ITS OWN MEMBERSHIP?
- review strategies for identifying, recruiting, selecting, and inducting the right Board members when vacancies occur, and consider the role of the Governance Committee in coordinating that process.
- affirm the importance of periodic (at least annual) appraisal of the Board as a whole and of individual members and review a sample instrument for self-appraisal of the Board.
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD BUILD AND SUSTAIN THE SCHOOL'S LEADERSHIP?
- explore ways of supporting the Head of School.
- explore the relationship between the Board/Board Chair and the Head of School, identifying the perspectives and practices that make this critical relationship serve the best interests of the Board, the Head of School and the School.
Optimizing Board Operations / Being Strategic / Being Accountable and Assessing Success
September 22, 2020 | 4:00-5:00pm (Athens, GMT+3)
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD CONDUCT ITS BUSINESS?
- examine the purpose of Board meetings and review various protocols for productive meetings.
- understand the difference between committees and task forces and examine criteria for effective use of standing committees.
- review sample “Essential Agreements” and understand the importance of articulating norms for Board operations.
- review sample strategic Board Annual Goals.
- review research-based proven practices of high-performing Boards
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD ESTABLISH AND SUSTAIN A STRATEGIC DIRECTION FOR THE SCHOOL?
- recognize the importance of clear, consistent, carefully crafted foundational statements that define the character of the school and guide decision making, from the Board room to the classroom.
- explore strategic thinking as an ongoing Board practice and articulate how it relates to meaningful and practical strategic planning.
- recognize the importance of integrating strategic, financial, and facilities planning.
❖HOW DOES THE BOARD MONITOR PROGRESS AND SUCCSS IN REGARD TO FULFILLING THE SCHOOL'S MISSION, VISION, VALUES, EDUCATIONAL OBJECTIVES, AND STRATEGIC INTENT?
- Participants will clarify the Board’s responsibility for "accountability."
Governance & School Board Training
ABOUT DAVID CHOJNACKI
DAVID CHOJNACKI (pronounced “hoy-NOT-ski”) has had a lifetime of engagement in, leadership of and networking with independent schools around the world. His headships include stints at the International School of Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso (1981-1984); Karachi American School (1984-1988); The American Embassy School in New Delhi (1988-1992); and Cairo American College (1992-1996).
Governance & Boardmanship
ABOUT RICK DETWILER
Rick Detwiler has worked with school boards as head of five international schools, in Israel, Bangladesh, Hungary, Brazil, and Nepal over a 21-year career overseas, and more recently as a governance consultant.
Born and raised in upstate New York, Mr. Detwiler earned his BA degree from Dartmouth College, MA from Tufts University, and CAGS from the University of Vermont. Before joining the international school community in 1988, he was a Naval officer, a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, and for ten years, a teacher and principal in Vermont.
These live webinars are open to all schools; offered at no cost to NESA Member & Affiliate Schools.
Registration fees for participants at non-member schools are USD $35 per session. Payment options will be sent via email.
Participants may register for one, two, or all three webinars.