Local school boards are responsible for the two most important issues in most people's lives: their children and their money. Why do these governing bodies fail to develop into high-performance teams? This book answers this question and provides techniques for districts to solve their underlying governance problems. Discusses the complexities of group dynamics, strategies for effective team governance, leadership functions of the local board and their role in school improvement, and the complexities of school politics.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Challenges to Educational Governance Chapter 3 The Political Context of School Governance Chapter 4 Overcoming the Personal Challenges Chapter 5 Learning a Complex, Ill-Defined Role Chapter 6 Overcoming the Social Challenges Chapter 7 Working in Harmony Chapter 8 Meetings That Matter Chapter 9 Governance Tools Chapter 10 Managing the Socio-Political Challenges Chapter 11 Becoming an Advocate for Educational Innovation Chapter 12 Creating a Better Board Chapter 13 Bibliography Chapter 14 Index Chapter 15 Biography