Tag: BC education

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

The previous posts in this series outlined some of the challenges that make traditional performance reviews ineffective. One of the most significant problems is that they usually take place just once a year resulting in a report card-like review of the superintendent’s past performance. These retrospective snapshots do little to actually build performance and can … Continue reading Part 4: The Three Stages of Effective Performance Review for School Superintendents/CEOs

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

In Part One of this series I outlined the challenges and ineffectiveness of traditional performance review processes for School Superintendents. While this begs the question of why bother doing them at all, there are beneficial and necessary reasons to do performance reviews, provided they are done well. Many school boards have performance reviews written into … Continue reading Part Two: Why Bother with Superintendent Performance Reviews?

The Government’s View on Good Governance

The Government’s View on Good Governance

  Much has been written by provincial school trustee/board associations on what constitutes good governance. However, since Boards of Education (as they are called in British Columbia) serve at the pleasure of the provincial government, it would be informative to learn the government’s views on the matter. While the School Act is the legal authority … Continue reading The Government’s View on Good Governance

Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The old saying, “Too soon old. Too late smart”, is as applicable to boards as it is to life in general. We get busy. We focus on the multitude of tasks and responsibilities that life throws at us. The days go by with little time to check on how we are doing, to learn and … Continue reading Board Self-Review – Part Nine of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

The theme of this series of blog posts is intra-board relationships and why some trustees don’t get along with each other. While the causes of board disharmony outlined in my earlier posts are perhaps more common, politics – or at least our common misconception of the term – can also be a factor that causes … Continue reading Is it Political? – Part Seven of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations

Curriculum Choice and Charter School Competition

Curriculum Choice and Charter School Competition

Sometimes the daily news can bring interesting juxtapositions of stories. First I noticed the recent announcement from the BC Ministry of Education that “curriculum changes over the next 10 years mean that 600K+ K-12 students will focus on math, science + creativity” (http://ow.ly/XnmMD). Earlier in the day I read a story from California about a group … Continue reading Curriculum Choice and Charter School Competition