This charter school governance is a pretty funky paradigm.
In addition, most nonprofits are guided by a team of professionals who have a great deal of governance experience…but in the charter school context, most charter school leaders have never worked with a board before.
No wonder this assignment might feel overwhelming.
So take a deep breath and use the following as a quick grounding guide:
Structure your board’s work, composition, committees and meetings to answer these essential questions:
Are our students making progress toward attaining the highest level of academic achievement?
School Climate and Culture
Has our organization established a powerful climate and culture in which students can thrive?
Is our organization financially viable with the necessary resources to deliver an exceptional educational program?
Does our organization recruit, develop and retain exceptional staff?
Are we governing effectively? Do we have a succession plan in place for the board and CEO?
Use these questions as a touchstone for the work of the full board, committee work and insist that at each of your board meetings you are referring to and answering these questions.
Organize your board and your board’s work to answer these key questions and you will feel more focused, in control and will be focused on the things that truly create great outcomes for kids.