Brief, knowledge-rich courses on holding management accountable; the relationship between the board and the head of school; the board’s role in strategy-making; and current parent board members.
The Advanced Governing Webinars move the conversation about governance beyond basic training for new governors/trustees. We focus on four areas that are critical to success, but and also have the potential to create significant problems when done poorly. Each is a stand-alone webinar but we suggest that you view all four as a complete package. The goal is to offer information which will lead to thoughtful conversations in your board room and inform good governance practice in a new way.
The Board’s Relationship with the Head of School:
In this webinar we focus on the essential nature of this vital partnership. When board and head work well together the community benefits and the success of the school is central to the work in the board room. When there are issues in this relationship, it has the potential to disrupt strategic work and affect the immediate success of the school. Building, strengthening and, when necessary, repairing this relationship is the focal point of this segment.
Wearing the Parent Hat as a Board Member:
This webinar focuses on one of the most difficult aspects of being on a board when your child/ren are in the school you are serving. We focus on the challenges, the role of each governor/trustee, and the relationship of the board member to the constituent community of which he or she is also a part. We trouble-shoot the thorny issues and offer guidance on how to navigate multiple perspectives in order to serve the mission and long-term sustainability of the school.
The Board’s Role in Strategy-Making:
One of the responsibilities of every board is to think strategically and plan for the future of the school. We recognize the changing nature of boards in many international schools – governors who come and go frequently – and the perpetual challenge of trying to see the future when things seem so unpredictable. Nevertheless, strategic thinking is critical and without it any school will be adrift. In this webinar we hone in on this critical function of trusteeship and guide boards and heads in how to have a strategic dialogue.
Holding Management Accountable:
In our governance work around the world, we often hear the question of how do boards know it (the school) is working? How can we discharge our fiduciary responsibility if we have no way to know what success means in this school context? In this webinar we focus on what governors need to know, how to get that information and yet maintain appropriate boundaries, and how to support the head while being sure that mission is being served. This webinar underpins all the others in that having confidence that things are truly working allows each trustee to respond appropriately to parent concerns, support the board’s relationship with the head of school, and informs the context to plan strategically.