New Board Chair Peer Learning Community

As we think about designing our boards collaboratively and with accountability, we will have the opportunity to discuss best practices and share out with our peers. We will layer on various questions that spark reflection and dialogue on how we can build board engagement.

As part of the Peer Learning Community, you will have a New Board Chair Handbook to continue your practice.  Should you need additional guidance, there is an option to add coaching to assist with the implementation of governance practices.

We are kicking off this 5-session series with 60-minute sessions limited to 20 participants. Our group will be led by experts in governance and charter oversight spotlighting the following: 

Introduction and Launch Session – August 5th, 4:00-5:00 pm

We understand you might not be ready to dive into board duties at the end of the school year. That is why we added a session to introduce you to your cohort of Board Chairs and also equip you with some housekeeping tasks so you will be prepared for the fall. Feel confident you have a roadmap leading you into your first year as Board Chair.

Session 1: Understanding Key Responsibilities and Leadership Partnership – September 23rd, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Profile of a strong Board Chair
  • Cultivating a strong partnership with school leadership
  • Promoting transparency& open communication
  • Lane management: role & responsibilities
  • Suggested best practices

Session 2: Board Operations – October 21st, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Establishing a Board Calendar – YITL
  • Importance of Committee Structure
  • Framing the Work & Accountability
  • Self-Assessment
  • Performance Review & Development Process

Session 3:  Meeting Management 101 – November 18th, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Establishing a board liaison role
  • Meeting Preparation
  • Managing agendas, minutes, and consent agenda
  • Norms and Expectations
  • Open Meeting Law
  • Robert’s Rules

Session 4: Building Board Culture and Sustainability – January 20th, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Envisioning a positive board culture (Stanford Study)
  • Managing challenging board members
  • Three Modes of Governance
  • Nominations and onboarding
  • Succession Planning

Session 5: Leading Through Change and Crisis – February 17th, 4:00-5:00 pm

  • Addressing financial, legal, and reputation ramifications
  • Chair’s role in the critical crisis stage
  • Strategic Planning
  • New leader search and transition

Cost: $450.00 per person includes 5 sessions plus an introductory session and a digital New Board Chair Handbook.

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