Being a Strategic Board
How does the board establish and sustain a strategic direction for the school?
- The board is the author and trustee of the school’s mission, vision and values and, as such, is responsible for ensuring alignment between those foundational documents and the school’s policies and practices; and for ensuring that those foundational documents are “living” and relevant.
- By employing deliberate structures and processes, the board can focus on its strategic role;
- Strategic Planning, integrated with Financial and Facilities Planning, and establishes priority goals and action plans for fulfilling the school’s mission and vision.
How does the board monitor progress and success in regards to fulfilling the school’s mission, vision, values, educational objectives, and strategic intent?
- It is the board’s responsibility, working with the head, to develop the metrics/measures of success that effectively and efficiently inform its strategic decision making.
i. Board-Head of School Relations
ii. Board Operations
How does the board build and sustain the school’s leadership?
- Hiring the head and insuring smooth leadership transition is the board’s most important responsibility
- The head of school is the board’s only employee and s/he must be publicly supported
- The evaluation of the head must be seen through a “growth mindset” and aligned with the job description and board-approved goals
- The chair and head of school represent a partnership, “leading together” in the work of the Board.
How does the board conduct its business?
- Board effectiveness is enhanced through the use of standardized formats and routines
- Board structures should follow the “form follows function” principle
- It is essential for the board to have an articulated culture/set of common agreements that is adhered to and enforced.
MORNING & Afternoon Office Hours
An opportunity for individual school-based governance teams to meet with David and Rick to explore particular issues, challenges, and tasks related to their governance responsibilities.