Articles

August 1, 2015

Efficient And Effective Strategic Planning

Most school leaders, especially board members, want a planning process that is effective and focused and yet listens to a wide range of community input. Strategic […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning: A Wise Political Investment

Strategic planning has powerful and often unanticipated political outcomes, many positive and some negative. Historically used mainly to lay the ground work for a capital campaign, […]
August 1, 2015

Strategic Planning And Why The Process Generally Frustrates Boards

Amazing to me as I walk through the halls of hundreds of schools a year is the relative absence of any sign of a consistent, clear […]
August 1, 2015

Transitions, Strategic Planning and.. Failure: How to Avoid the Trap

Schools which attempt major change or a new strategic plan at the same time as a head transition often run into difficulties. The effort is made […]
August 1, 2015

The Strategic Decision: Choosing a Planning Process that Fits the School's History and Culture

The Responsibility of the Board of Trustees: Mission and Strategic Thinking The word “trustee” conveys the responsibility of boards of independent schools to hold the mission […]
August 1, 2015

Protecting Our Schools Through Strategic Planning

One of the key principles in healthy governance is: “Management manages and boards govern.” The NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards state: “Trustees do not […]
August 1, 2015

The Strategic Planning Process:

The Importance of Choosing the Approach that Suits School Climate The Responsibility of the Board of Trustees: Strategic Thinking and Planning The word “trustee” conveys the […]
August 1, 2015

The Qualities That Schools Desperately Need In A Board Chair

If you are a head of school, there is a fairly clear set of qualities you want in the board chair and you hope to find […]
August 1, 2015

The Need for Bi Lingual Boards and Heads: Understanding and Sharing a Common Language in the Board Room

Heads normally come up through the ranks of teacher, division head, and assistant head before they land their first headship. A few heads come from the […]
August 1, 2015

Board Policy Manuals: When Do They Create Problems?

Often these manuals are boring overblown and redundant although necessary. However, from time to time they become crucial such as when a constituent challenge arises and […]