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Board Positions

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of board members is an important step in effective governance. These resources will help clarify what the board chair and other board members' roles are, and the characteristics to look for in candidates for particular positions.

Data: The New Stupid

Educators have made great strides in using data.  But danger lies ahead for those who misunderstand what data can and can't do.  This abstract from Education Leadership is a useful report for school leaders who need to learn the do's and don'ts of using data effectively.

Building a Charter School Founding Board

The skills and dedication of the personnel who make up the founding charter school Board are essential for a new school's success. These resources will help schools recruit the right board members and get their new boards up and running.

Critical board building challenge: How does a charter school board clearly define its roles, responsibilities and philosophy of governance? Building an Effective Charter School Board is an extensive guidebook that covers every topic imaginable for new charter schools  assembling a Board of Trustees for the first time.

Creating Data-Driven Schools

Many school districts underutilize one of the most powerful and common symbol systems available to them—numbers—to monitor, evaluate, and revise programs and policies.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, a trio of authors examine new ways for school leaders and teachers to make the most of the data available to them.

SMART Goals Connect a School

School staff are periodically reminded to revisit their SMART goals—goals that are Strategic and Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, and Timebound, in order to better assess the student population across learning disciplines.  This article by Jan O'Neill offers useful advice for doing so.

Developing an Inquiry Minded-District

Analyzing data not only helps inform decisions and challenge assumptions, but also helps teachers view their instructional and collaborative practices with a new perspective.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, three schools show how the data-based inquiry and decision-making process can improve decisions about curriculum, instruction, and policy.

Teachers Observing Teachers: A Professional Development Tool for Every School

Typically evaluative by nature, teacher observation is usually linked to classroom performance. More and more schools, however, are using observation -- teachers observing teachers -- as a form of professional development that improves teaching practices and student performance. In this article, Education World's Michele Israel talks with experts about the benefits of this emerging professional development strategy.

SMART Goals, Smart Schools

Setting goals that connect to the classroom and focus on student learning helps educators see, learn from, and communicate their results.  In this abstract from Education Leadership, author Jan O'Neill discusses SMART Goals; setting specific goals that are strategic, measurable, attainable, results-oriented, and timebound.

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