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A Practical Guide to Effective School Board Meetings
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A Practical Guide to Effective School Board Meetings

  • Rene S. Townsend - Consultant
  • James R. Brown - Glendale Unified School District, Retired - Superintendent, Leadership Associates consultant
  • Walter L. Buster - Clovis Unified School District, Retired - Superintendent, Leadership Associates consultant, California State University, Fresno, USA

Foreword by Michael Kirst



February 2005 | 200 pages | Corwin
If board meetings are something you simply "get through" so you can get on with your "real" work, this book is a must.

As superintendent, and with the support of this realistic, detailed, and entertaining book, you can now turn board meetings into productive, results-getting events that help you focus on teaching, learning, and achieving your district's goals.The authors, having chaired over 1,000 board meetings amongthem, discuss:

  • Creating role clarity and building the superintendent-based team to increase effectiveness and support positive working relationships
  • Developing general operating procedures that work
  • Carrying out effective board meetings
  • Critical aspects of the meeting itself, as well as tips on conducting closed sessions
  • Post-meeting follow-up and how these activities affect and influence the culture of the district
Superintendents, board members, leadership staff, and community members will find this guide invaluable for creating effective and meaningful board meetings.

Michael W. Kirst
Foreword
 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Part I. The Leadership Challenge
 
1. Focusing on Teaching and Learning
 
2. Building the Superintendent-Board Team
 
Part II. Pre-Meeting Planning
 
3. Planning the Calendar and Agenda
 
4. Preparing: Sweat the Small Stuff
 
5. Designing the Board Packet
 
6. Communicating the Agenda
 
Part III. Meeting Time
 
7. Conducting the Board Meeting
 
8. Meeting Behind Closed Doors
 
Part IV. Post-Meeting
 
9. Following Up
 
10. Recovering
 
11. Wrapping Up
 
Resource A: Board-Superintendent Protocols (Sample)
 
Resource B: Twelve-Month Calendar (Sample)
 
Resource C: Board Agenda Development Worksheet (Sample)
 
Resource D: Individual Agenda Item (Sample)
 
Resource E: Welcome to the Board Meeting (Sample)
 
Resource F: Request to Speak Cards (Samples)
 
References
 
Index

"This practical guide supports the design and conduct of board meetings in ways that focus the management of the district on its teaching and learning mission. The authors identify collaborative strategies and workable solutions for dealing with difficult and challenging circumstances."

The School Administrator
February 2006
Key features

 

  • Unique focus - one of the only books on effective school board meetings (two others dated and out of print) Hands-on applicability for superintendents
  • Includes sample board meeting agendas, board packet cover pages, board agenda items, flow charts, and preparation activities

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ISBN: 9781412913294
CAD$ 54.95

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