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
In Part 2 of this series I outlined the benefits of conducting performance reviews for school superintendents, provided they are done well. Today’s post will discuss six essential principles that need to be embedded in the process if those benefits are to be realised. The Shared Responsibility for Student Achievement The most important partnership a … Continue reading Part 3: Six Essential Principles in Superintendent Performance Review
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?
Although most boards believe that performance reviews are important, many still rely on traditional review processes that while fulfilling contractual requirements do little to actually improve performance or board/superintendent relationships. This series will outline some of the challenges with traditional performance review processes and offer a proactive alternative. What is the Problem with Traditional … Continue reading Part One: A Better Approach to Superintendent Performance Review
In my last post, I discussed government expectations that school trustees should possess specific skills and knowledge to be successful in their governance roles. This raises some interesting questions related to roles, equity and the essence of democracy itself. Democracy When I was the Executive Director of the BC School Trustees Association we argued against … Continue reading Are School Trustees Learners Too?
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
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
One of the more frequent causes of boardroom trouble is a lack of clarity on the difference in the roles of the board, the chairperson, senior staff, and individual trustees. Each of these entities has a specific set of responsibilities, defined by the School Act and other legislation, the board’s own bylaws and policies, and … Continue reading Who Does What – Part Six of Can’t We All Just Get Along? Truths and recommendations re intra-board relations
As publicly elected representatives, the primary responsibility of boards of education/school boards is to improve student achievement in their communities. They reflect the education priorities and unique requirements of these communities by establishing policies, bylaws, district-wide plans and annual budgets. Throughout its term a board will be faced with many issues requiring informed decisions. … Continue reading Informed Board Decision Making
Just about any school trustee will tell you there is a lot to learn about being a good board member. Yes there’s the relentless mass of information trustees have to digest but the hardest part is learning the “people” side of board work. As the past Executive Director of a provincial school trustee association the … Continue reading Trustee Truths