ENHANCE YOUR BOARD EXPERIENCE THROUGH TRAINING AND CONTINUOUS EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES
Board members encounter many challenges as they tackle the duties and responsibilities presented by their roles. Whether the goal is to ease the transition from private citizen to public board member or assure that the board is continually improving its service to the community, it can be accomplished by taking advantage of various training and continuous education opportunities offered by ISBA.
ISBA offers a number of workshops, retreats, and services to board members that are included in the Association dues at no additional cost. These activities and services include:
Annual self-assessment evaluations are critical to maintaining the board’s internal health. Assessing the board’s perspective of its effectiveness and importance of its service assists the board to identify areas where improvement will enhance the value of services rendered.
SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH PROCESS
Selecting a superintendent is the most important responsibility of every school board. However, assuring that the school board attracts and selects the best candidate can be overwhelming. ISBA can help make that process easier by providing boards a systematic process and providing counsel along the way.
Whether you are a young board, or a seasoned board, a review of effective governance is always in order to learn what to avoid and how to focus on what is important. This presentation and workshop is primarily beneficial for newer members and boards that need a refresher in the purpose of school governance.
What kind of board are you? Not only is it important to reach a consensus on the type of board your members have determined they are, but also how the board is are going to meld their character into the leadership of the school corporation. Do you understand your governance model?
Are there seemingly insurmountable conflicts between members of the board that threaten to undermine the board’s ability to perform its duties and responsibilities? Is the Board/Superintendent relationship undefined or not as effective as it could be? Do you have board members that are not working within appropriate channels and processes? If any of these are true, it is time to address the issues that will enable the board and superintendent to refocus their attention on their respective roles and responsibilities. The key to conflict resolution is a safe environment from which to discuss differences with a focus on effective governance.
PLANNING EFFECTIVE BOARD MEETINGS
Are board meetings productive? Is the board focusing on the right things? Effective board meetings must be planned. Learn how to build and focus the agenda on the important aspect areas of board involvement, keeping out of management minutiae and addressing the more global issues of the school corporation and public education.
The most important relationship in school governance is between the school board and the superintendent. The Board/Superintendent Relations Retreat focuses on that relationship, how to establish it and then maintain it. This session also includes discussions of the importance of the formal superintendent’s annual evaluation.
DEVELOPING VALUES, MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS
The values, mission, and vision of the school corporation is vital to the focus of the school board, administration, and community. Beginning with the identification of corporate values regarding education, the board, working in concert with the administrative team develops or refines a corporate mission, or purpose for being. Only after values and mission statements are developed can the board develop the vision, or desirable, future state of the corporation. These series of sessions guides boards as they wrestle with the important, critical concepts necessary to precede goal setting.
Boards need goals, but more importantly, boards need to realize their importance in the goal-setting activity. Working with boards, boards and administrative teams, or boards, administrative teams, and community members, this retreat focuses on the crucial, foundational steps in goal setting.
DEVELOPING THE SUPERINTENDENT EVALUATION INSTRUMENT
The annual superintendent’s evaluation must be more than a perfunctory exercise, if it is to be a meaningful, productive analysis that is geared towards continuous improvement. This workshop stresses the involvement of both the school board and superintendent to build the evaluation instrument.
For further information contact:
Dr. Michael T. Adamson, Director of Board Services
Indiana School Boards Association
One North Capitol Suite 1215
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (317) 639-0330 ext. 109
Fax: (317) 639-3591