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Read our experts’ insights into what it takes for charter school governance teams to deliver exceptional results for kids.

Five reasons to hold a board retreat

Five reasons to hold a board retreat

Many people know that an annual retreat is something that charter school boards do, but don’t really know exactly why they need to hold a board retreat every year.  Board retreats are especially necessary in this pivotal moment. Here are the five primary reasons an annual retreat is a vital piece of your charter school […]

Board Retreat Roles and Responsibilities

Board Retreat Roles and Responsibilities

What are the key roles and responsibilities for a charter school board retreat? Everyone on your governance team will have a role to play in planning, participating in, and following through on your board retreat. Who Should Attend Your Charter School Board Retreat? The Governance Committee will take the lead in planning your retreat The […]

Should you bring in an outside facilitator for your board retreat?

Should you bring in an outside facilitator for your board retreat?

It’s often better and more productive to have a professional board retreat facilitator. Here’s why. It’s incredibly difficult to fully participate in a retreat while also facilitating. If your CEO or a board member is in the role of retreat facilitator, you might miss out on their full contributions to the retreat.  Having an outside […]

7 Ways BoardOnTrack helps you plan a great board retreat

7 Ways BoardOnTrack helps you plan a great board retreat

Planning a board retreat can be daunting. And board retreat help comes in many forms. While board retreat facilitation can be a huge help to ensuring your charter school’s annual board retreat is effective, there are much more scalable ways to ensure that your board’s retreat is not only an effective event but sets you […]

Open Meeting Law and Your Charter School Board Retreat

Open Meeting Law and Your Charter School Board Retreat

Is your charter school board retreat subject to open meeting laws? Your charter school’s board meetings are subject to your state’s open meeting laws. The same is true for your board’s retreat. Know how your state’s open meeting laws apply Every state has different legal requirements. So while we can’t offer legal advice specific to […]

What Kind Of Coaching Comes With BoardOnTrack Membership?

What Kind Of Coaching Comes With BoardOnTrack Membership?

We’re often asked whether we offer board coaching and training or board meeting facilitation to charter schools looking to improve their governance capabilities. BoardOnTrack membership gives you access to powerful online governance tools built specifically to meet charter schools’ unique needs. But, what’s more, your membership provides you with access to a number of options […]

Preparing for a Board Retreat? Do a Board Assessment First

Preparing for a Board Retreat? Do a Board Assessment First

If your charter school board is preparing for a board retreat, be sure to complete a board assessment in advance. Charter school governance is a high-stakes endeavor. It must be treated with the professionalism it deserves. Charter schools use data to drive excellence in every aspect of the organization — their human capital pipeline, student […]

What Should Be On Your Charter School Board Retreat Agenda

What Should Be On Your Charter School Board Retreat Agenda

Your charter school board retreat agenda should focus on maintaining and improving your governance capabilities, as well as strategically contributing to your charter school’s success.  These important board retreat agenda items help the board maintain its work as a governing body and a strategic partner to the CEO, while also clarifying how it’ll improve its […]

Webinar: How to Plan Your Charter School Board Retreat

Webinar: How to Plan Your Charter School Board Retreat

Watch the latest free governance training webinar by BoardOnTrack Watch it Now Watch this free governance training session to prepare to run a successful board retreat (even remotely). We’ll help you prepare a retreat that drives results. And you’ll be able to ask our experts anything. This session will teach charter school board members, CEOs, […]

Leading Your Charter School Board’s Retreat Remotely

Leading Your Charter School Board’s Retreat Remotely

By now, your board is used to working remotely together. You’ve been hosting your board meetings remotely, either using BoardOnTrack or a combination of tools like Zoom and Google Docs. But now it’s time to get ready for your board’s annual retreat. And this might be your first remote retreat. Board retreats are the time […]

The State of Charter School Governance: 2021

The State of Charter School Governance: 2021

On March 31, join experts from Charter School Growth Fund, NACSA, and BoardOnTrack to discuss the results of our second-annual Charter School Governance Index. Last year, our first-ever Charter School Governance Index revealed four surprising trends that were a wake-up call for charter school CEOs and board members alike. To be effective, charter school boards […]

CEO Evaluations: The key to keep and compensate the charter school CEO

CEO Evaluations: The key to keep and compensate the charter school CEO

Have you scheduled your next CEO evaluation? If not, you’re not alone. Nearly 30% of CEOs report to us that their boards don’t follow a consistent CEO evaluation process. (That’s why, on our recent webinar, we taught our process.) Yet, a consistent CEO evaluation process helps ensure your CEO doesn’t start planning to leave. And […]

Charter School Board Transparency and Virtual Meetings

Charter School Board Transparency and Virtual Meetings

COVID-19 has changed the way charter school boards must operate. And it’s made transparency both more important and more complicated. Whether or not your state has issued clear guidelines with regards to entities that have to comply with the state’s open meeting law but must operate remotely, compliance and transparency are still expected. Here’s some […]

Webinar: Open Meeting Law Essentials

Webinar: Open Meeting Law Essentials

Join us live on Jan. 27 for this free charter school board governance training webinar. Or, register to get the recording as soon as it’s available. Though the specifics vary from one state to the next, the bottom line is this: charter schools are public entities and must operate transparently by complying with their state’s […]

A charter school board’s most important role

A charter school board’s most important role

Arguably, a charter school board’s most important role is its partnership with the CEO. It’s up to the board to hire, evaluate, and support the CEO. The start of the new calendar year means it’s nearly time for your CEO Support And Evaluation Committee to begin planning this year’s evaluation process. If your board is new to […]

New Year Brings Renewed Sense of Urgency to Charter School Board Governance

New Year Brings Renewed Sense of Urgency to Charter School Board Governance

The new year often brings a renewed sense of urgency to charter school boards and CEOs. And though this year has been exceptional, there’s still that drive to get things in order and make sure you end this school year strong. Effective board work starts with effective board meetings. But your meetings must maintain transparency, in compliance with […]

What Is an “Open Meeting Law”?

What Is an “Open Meeting Law”?

Whether or not you’re new to charter school governance, you’ve asked this question at some point: What is an “Open Meeting Law”? Or, more likely, you’ve wondered if your charter school’s board can really be effective while maintaining compliance. Open meeting laws (sometimes referred to as “sunshine laws”) vary slightly from state to state. Open […]

Charter School Leadership Transition: Two CEOs Tell Their Stories

Charter School Leadership Transition: Two CEOs Tell Their Stories

How does a charter school CEO transition out of their role and hand the baton off to the next leader? BoardOnTrack's founder and CEO, Marci Cornell-Feist recently hosted a fireside chat with two charter school executive directors to answer that question. The far-reaching discussion covers the following topics: -> How to decide it's time for [...]
Charter School CEO Resources Roundup

Charter School CEO Resources Roundup

This school year has tested charter school CEOs in ways we never imagined. And, it’s shined a spotlight on the importance and power of the board-CEO partnership to help ensure that charter schools thrive even through the most challenging times. To help, we’ve rounded up all of our resources covering the following charter school CEO […]

Benchmarking Charter School CEO Compensation: A Primer for Charter School Boards

Benchmarking Charter School CEO Compensation: A Primer for Charter School Boards

A charter school board’s most important function is, arguably, to hire and ensure the success of your Chief Executive Officer. Implicit therein is responsibly setting the charter school CEO’s compensation. Even board members with HR and nonprofit leadership experience find this work challenging. Although they have direct experience benchmarking executive salaries, they’re intensely uncertain of […]

What do charter school CEOs earn? New study reveals important data

What do charter school CEOs earn? New study reveals important data

There’s very little data available about exactly what charter school CEOs earn, what factors influence their salaries, or how those factors play into charter school leader turnover and job satisfaction. The results of our first-ever study of charter school CEO compensation begins to clarify much of this. And raises important implications for what boards and [...]
Training: Board Smart by Tennessee Charter School Center and BoardOnTrack

Training: Board Smart by Tennessee Charter School Center and BoardOnTrack

This year’s Board Smart program, the Tennessee Charter School Center’s revamped board and governance training program, is now live. BoardOnTrack is again thrilled to announce that we’re partnering with the TCSC to provide Tennessee charter school boards with vital training services. Start your TCSC-accredited board training courses now Get Started As charter school governance is [...]
The Charter School Board’s Role in Remote Learning

The Charter School Board’s Role in Remote Learning

With the new school year nearly here, schools nationwide are finalizing plans to meet students' academic and non-academic needs amid the evolving pandemic. Charter school boards, CEOs, and staff must work together to grapple with major questions about how or if to welcome kids back into the buildings this fall, and what their programming will [...]
How Charter Schools Can Govern Effectively, Safely, and Legally Amid COVID-19

How Charter Schools Can Govern Effectively, Safely, and Legally Amid COVID-19

Our own Chief Governance Officer, Mike Mizzoni, recently sat down with Matt Plain at Barton Gilman to discuss charter school governance amid the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. In this inaugural episode of BGLaw's Legal Lowdown video series, Matt and Mike Mizzoni discuss the importance of governing boards continuing to meet and govern during the COVD-19 [...]
How the Board Can Take the Lead on Budget Planning in Uncertainty

How the Board Can Take the Lead on Budget Planning in Uncertainty

As unprecedented and unpredictable as this moment surely is, it’s also the time of year when vital board work normally happens. Especially planning and approving the budget for the upcoming school year. And at a time when we’re hearing talk of potential closures, it’s important to remember that the majority of charter school closures to […]

Helping Charter School Boards Govern Remotely

Helping Charter School Boards Govern Remotely

Has your charter school suddenly shifted to a distributed board? Struggling to govern effectively amid the crisis and changing regulatory requirements? You’re not alone.  At the best of times, charter school governance is an intensely complex, high-stakes endeavor. COVID-19 has amplified the challenge with school closures, social distancing orders, and rapidly changing regulations. Charter school […]

Succession Planning for Charter School Boards and CEOs

Succession Planning for Charter School Boards and CEOs

It's best practice to have a succession plan in place well before you ever need to use it. An effective succession-planning process will enable your organization to not lose operational momentum should one of your leaders leave their post for any reason. Some authorizers require charter schools to have a leadership succession plan in place. [...]
Hear BoardOnTrack on the Charter School Superstars Podcast

Hear BoardOnTrack on the Charter School Superstars Podcast

BoardOnTrack’s Chief Governance Officer, Mike Mizzoni, recently sat down with Charter School Superstars to talk about how we help public charter schools remain academically strong and organizationally sustainable. Hear Mike’s insights on charter school board composition, managing organizational growth, and creating effective relationships with the CEO. He identifies the unique governance practices and additional challenges that […]

Watch: Building an Effective Charter School Board

Watch: Building an Effective Charter School Board

Mike Mizzoni, BoardOnTrack’s Chief Governance Officer, sits down with Charter School Capital for the second installment of our Charter EdTalks. Watch to learn how to build an effective charter school board.   Watch as Mike shares his expertise on why is it important to put together the “right” board, what qualities you should look for […]

Watch: Preparing Your Charter School Board to Govern for Growth

Watch: Preparing Your Charter School Board to Govern for Growth

Mike Mizzoni, BoardOnTrack’s Chief Governance Officer, sits down with Charter School Capital for a quick-hitting and content-rich conversation. Watch to learn how a charter school board can best govern for growth. Mike shares his expertise on why charter school boards should be governing for growth, what that means, planning your board so that evolves over […]

How Cold Calling Can Help Board Recruiting

How Cold Calling Can Help Board Recruiting

You’ve probably never had to do this kind of thing before. But, if you don’t have any viable leads for a specific skill set that your board needs — or if you need to break out of a recruiting rut — targeted cold calling can help. Let's say you’re looking for someone with legal experience. [...]
What Stops Charter Boards From Delivering Results?

What Stops Charter Boards From Delivering Results?

Charter schools exist to deliver exceptional results. Delivering on the charter school promise requires exceptional boards. Our nationwide survey has revealed the goals that exceptional boards are focused on this year — and just how many boards aren’t aligned around a shared set of goals yet. Here’s why it matters.

How YPICS Stays On Track with BoardOnTrack

How YPICS Stays On Track with BoardOnTrack

YPICS Executive Director Yvette King-Berg shares what it takes to lead a charter school organization at a key growth stage, how her partnership with her board has been instrumental to her success, and what BoardOnTrack membership has meant to Yvette and YPICS overall.

What Are Board Goals?

What Are Board Goals?

Board goals will differ from the CEO’s goals. Combined, they’ll help strengthen your board-CEO partnership and help your governance team to meet the organization’s goals.

Get Your Goals On Track!

Get Your Goals On Track!

Goals need to be visible to everyone on your team; and you know what needs to get done, when and by whom so that the work actually gets done.

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