Governance Teaching Series

Since no other singular variable is more important for the health and vitality of a school than the way it is governed, Leaders Building Leaders founder and governance expert Dr Tom Miller has developed this 10 part webinar series so each board member can feel equipped and empowered; leaving each meeting knowing, not thinking, their votes and questions made a difference for the organization!

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How should we use these videos?

I would assign a video per month for the board to watch an spend the last 15 minutes of your meeting discussing or utilizing our Governance Strengthening Exercises.

Every Board Communicates, Few Connect: –As the volunteer leaders of the organization, board members need to learn to communicate in a way that connects with others. This session will provide strategies and practices that will teach board members how to connect with their fellow board members and stakeholders so their sense of community improves, and their ability to create teamwork increases.

Keep the Main Thing the Main Thing: Every minute the board engages in trivial concerns, they ignore the vital few issues. This session will lead board members through an exercise to identify the organizations key priorities to ensure each meeting is focused on the vital issues.

Dialogue is NOT Decision Making: High impact boards know how to focus each meeting on the organization’s key priorities and get results through decisive action, not trivial dialogue. This session will provide board’s with a template for leading and facilitating meetings that will navigate the organization from success to significance.

Trust but Verify: – Celebrating an organization’s success is a critical component of effective oversight. High impact boards identify and communicate the specific evidences they will accept to demonstrate the organization’s progress on the school’s goals. This session will teach boards how to effectively identify and communicate the acceptable evidences demonstrating the school’s progress towards its goals.

Is the money being taken care of?: Two main concerns for public charter school boards should be: (1) Are students learning? (2) Is all of the money been taken care of? However, if you read the board meeting minutes of most public charter schools, you may have a difficult time answering these questions. This session will focus on the business aspect of education, an area that many school leaders and board members shy away from.

Create the Culture You Desire to See: The session will illustrate how written policies provide essential direction and leadership in creating a culture of wellness and support for the long-term health and well-being of employees, students, and all of the school’s constituents. Along with a clear process for policy development, this session will also provide an overview of different policies that boards are required to have in place.

Recruit, Orient and Develop: Great organizations start with WHO, not WHAT. High Impact public charter school boards are intentional with their board member recruitment, orientation and development. This session will provide participants with the framework for a recruitment plan and ideas of how to develop and utilize each member’s specific skills, strengthening the organization as a whole.

How are WE Doing? : Well-run organizations are those that can demonstrate the achievement of results. Results are derived from good management. Good management is based on good decision making. Good decision making depends on good information. Good information requires good data and careful analysis of the data. This session will take participants through the development of evaluation tools for both the executive and governing board.

Effective Boards Ask Great Questions – Board members become successful organizational leaders by examining how questions can be utilized to enhance the organization. In this session board members will learn: what are the questions they should ask themselves, what questions they should ask the other members of their board and what questions they should ask the school’s educational leader.

What Effective Board’s Do– It is time to reflect on the organization’s year (academic and fiscal) and begin preparing for the end of the year retreat. This session will provide a structure and deliverables to leading an effective organizational retreat, as well as ensuring the deliverables from the retreat become the behaviors for the upcoming year.


I recommend that board members spend time each month developing their capacity to understand governance and growth a a unit, as a team, a governing team. These archives can be utilized as a catalyst to drive crucial conversations that will navigate the board towards excellence.

Find out the 27 Things that Extraordinary Boards Do!

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Supplemental Governance Teachings

Governance Structure and Composition

Outcomes Based Calendar Tutorial

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