A well-balanced board or advisory council should include individuals with varied professional backgrounds, community networks, and personal histories.
But true mastery of 21st-century skills requires a more flexible conception of time.
Honest differences of opinion will strengthen your group, and shared commitments will help them reach, collectively, for the best possible outcomes.
Agility and diversity are more important than ever.
FACT: Student demographics and the workplace of the future are changing rapidly.
How will your governance system provide stewardship for your school and broaden the circle of people who will help move it forward?
Excellent governance yields excellent schools. A dedicated board helps a school achieve its mission, and advocates on its behalf. The board offers guidance, exercises legal oversight, and helps establish policies. Who will be involved in decision-making?
Once you have a design you believe in, it’s time to bring all your great ideas to life. Map out a formidable plan for turning your school school idea into reality. For more information and inspiration to reimagine what a school should be, download the full module.
Will your school be an independent charter school, a school within a charter network, or a school within a district? What are the pros and cons of each? How will you ensure fair and effective policies regarding student enrollment, calendar, hiring, procurement and purchasing, curriculum, and other matters? How much discretion will you need in these matters to enact your innovation? Which champions will you need to provide your school with guidance and support, and to ensure accountability for legal requirements, sound fiscal practices, and high expectations for student learning? How will students influence the ongoing governance of your school? What opportunities for leadership can you give them?