Board Self Evaluation

April 27, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Team Dynamics 

While I have not ever participated in a Board Self Evaluation, I am going to share the information provided in the CSBA Superintendent Evaluation Workshop for those interested in this practice. The workshop I attended was facilitated by Kirk Berger and Chris Maricle, Senior CBSA Governance Consultants.

Why do it?

First, if you use CSBA policy services it is high likely you have adopted a policy for doing Board Self-Evaluation. It will be Board Policy By-Law 9400. When you read the policy you will see the key phrase: the Board will annually schedule a time and place at which all its members may participate in a formal self-evaluation. While the evaluation is optional, the process of doing a board self process can lead to better team dynamics and an alignment of your work with District priorities/goals.

Internal Focus

The intent of measuring internal functions of the board is to record the range of perceptions as the first step in a self-evaluation process. Each board member would rate a number of statements regarding board unity, board and board culture to inform a productive discussion regarding how the board could increase its effectiveness. Below are sample statements that could be used:

  • Trustees share a common understanding of governance.
  • Trustees agree on the role of the Superintendent, the Board and the relationship between them.
  • Trustees treat each other with respect and actively identify and address conflicts among themselves.
  • This board works to reach consensus on important matters.
  • All trustees support majority decisions.

External Focus

CSBA identifies effective governance practices that board can be used for evaluating themselves. They are: 1.) Setting Direction 2.) Establish Structure 3.) Model Support for the District 4.) Ensure Accountability and 5.) Provide Community Leadership. Within the annual framework of setting goals and success indicators for the Superintendent Evaluation, the board can identify their own goals and metrics to be evaluated. For example, if your Board identified an annual goal for the Superintendent to prepare for a Bond measure in Spring, 2010, the Board could have their own goal to build support among community leaders for passage of the Bond measure.

For more information about the board self evaluation process, you can order a board self-evaluation toolkit from CSBA.


Effective Governance Teams

February 14, 2009 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Board Dynamics, Team Dynamics, Trust 

In our role as a school board member have you ever wished for a place where you could reflect on being a school board member? A place where you collaborate with other school board members? A place to grow and learn to be a more effective board member?

Stephen Covey Sr defines effectiveness lying in the balance between P/PC balance. P stands for production of desired results. PC stands for production capability, the ability or assets that produces the desired results. Applied to school boards, effectiveness lies in our ability to improve student achievement while balancing the needs of students, employees and the community.

The governance team consists of the elected board members and the Superintendent. Individually, each of us provides our own set of values, beliefs and expertise. Collectively, our ability to agree on a common mission and extend trust by designing and aligning systems to oversee public education in our community will determine our effectiveness as a governance team.

With you active participation we can create a professional learning community that increases the effectiveness of our local governance team.