Board Evaluation of School Leadership in 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on May 11, 2020 3:59:51 PM

What questions should the board use to evaluate the school's leadership in 2020, especially in light of the current societal and economic disruptions caused by the pandemic? That's an inquiry we received last week that is important for all schools to consider.

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Tags: Board Culture

The Path to School Dysfunction is Paved with Board Intentions

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 17, 2019 9:09:57 AM

Few board members have bad intentions at heart, but all of the dysfunction in education can be traced back to good intentions gone awry.

They really meant well, but they underestimated the complex ecosystem of relationships that comprise a school and the unintended consequences that resulted from their decisions.

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Tags: Board Culture

Random Selection is Bad for Boards

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 5, 2018 4:45:48 PM

Random selection is effective for statistical research and it's very INeffective for school board leadership. Great boards are produced from a disciplined process of selection, onboarding, training, accountability, and evaluation. Your faculty and students are far too valuable to gamble on the board.

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Tags: Board Culture

Coming to a City Near You 4Q 2018

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 29, 2018 12:53:24 PM

We grow schools and the people who have the courage to lead them. That mission requires a travel schedule that is sometimes rough on the body but it’s worth it because of the privilege we have to guide administrators, board leaders, and faculty to a joyful path forward.

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Tags: School Growth, Board Culture, Leadership Retreat

Your Strategic Plan May Be Killing Your School

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 20, 2018 12:25:27 AM

What if your strategic plan has actually caused more harm than good? 
Perhaps the board and administration got together for a few days or even spent some months hammering out a long-term plan.

But is it really making a difference? Did the process used to create the plan strengthen relationships, build leadership capacity, and improve the culture?

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Tags: Board Culture, Leadership, Strategy

How to Improve Communication in One Easy Step

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 4, 2018 8:36:36 AM

At a recent Leader Retreat for a school board, one of the longest-serving board members raised a major issue. He was grey-headed and, based on the body language and deference of the others in the room, he was highly respected for his experience and wisdom.


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Tags: Communication, Board Culture, Leadership Retreat

Teacher Arrested! Now What?!?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 24, 2018 6:34:00 AM

One Saturday we facilitated a Leadership Retreat for their school board. We assessed organizational health and included a brief introduction on how to properly Sequence messages in order to build trust and engagement.

All went as planned--and then it didn't.

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Tags: Communication, Board Culture, Leadership Retreat

The Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt of Leadership Changes

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 5, 2018 1:21:52 PM

"The head administrator is leaving"

That's the kind of difficult news that every school has to share at some point. The culture of the school is inevitably impacted by such an announcement--enrollment may suffer as a result and faculty confidence will likely be shaken.

What's the best way to communicate such a message? Fall back into damage control mode or use this as an opportunity to build engagement?

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Tags: Communication, Board Culture, Leadership

Four Ways Board Members Can Maximize Enrollment

Posted by Scott Barron on May 29, 2018 8:54:35 AM

As long as enrollment is the primary source of revenue for the school, the school board will be very interested in how to improve and grow it. When the board and the administration work as a cohesive team, growth is more likely to happen. So, how can board members appropriately contribute to the enrollment goals?

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Tags: Enrollment, Board Culture

GoEnnounce Student Centric Digital Citizenship Portfolio

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 22, 2017 5:30:00 PM

GoEnnounce elivers a new way for schools to teach and reinforce digital citizenship. Using this beautifully designed application, students can track, save, and share their academic and extracurricular progress with family, friends, and advisers. They can highlight awards and accomplishments, post updates, showcase school work, and even raise money for school-related activities. 

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Tags: Board Culture

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