Better Boards Mean Better Schools.
GreatBoards is an online governance support program designed to help charter school boards understand and implement best governance practices.
WHAT'S IN GREATBOARDS?
An annual subscription to GreatBoards provides unlimited access to Charter Board Partners’ best-practice tools and templates, webinar trainings, and expert advice from our team of charter school governance coaches—all framed within our Standards for Effective Charter School Governance:
We know charter school board members are busy. We also know that quality, affordable, charter school-specific help is hard to find. Whether a board needs to dramatically improve student achievement, raise millions for a new building, launch a brand-new school, secure reauthorization, sustain and replicate success, or tackle another difficult challenge, most board members tell us they need help. Your board shouldn’t have to reinvent the governance wheel—that’s why we built GreatBoards.
To request a complete tool listing, schedule a virtual tour, or get help registering your board, please contact Robin Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also download our informational brochure, read FAQs about the program, and take home several GreatBoards resources free of charge (found below)!
Charter Board Partners’ standards for effective governance are widely used and highly acclaimed by charter school boards. They clearly outline the core responsibilities of charter school boards; all CBP tools and resources are aligned with these six standards and designed to help charter boards meet them.
Carrie Irvin explains why every public charter school needs a strong and strategic board of directors at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013.
This tool provides strong advice about creating strong bylaws from a lawyer with extensive experience advising charter school boards.
Great boards need great board chairs. This tool offers top tips for new (and veteran) board chairs on leading effectively.
Use this checklist from Civil Rights Solutions to make sure your school is aware of and in compliance with federal civil rights laws.
Committees are the backbone of strong governance, and every committee needs a clear charge to define its work. This suite includes charges for six common charter board committees: development, executive, finance, governance, school performance, and strategic planning.
To ensure that everyone is on the same page about the responsibilities of board leadership, we’ve written job descriptions for the four charter school board officer positions: chair, vice chair, secretary, and treasurer.
Succession Planning in Charter Management Organizations: Report Sustaining the Future for Charter Schools and Their Students
This report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation details the importance of succession planning for charter management organizations (CMOs), shares the key components of succession plans, and points to lessons learned and common pitfalls.
This presentation summarizes findings from a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation study of leadership succession planning in CMOs and gives an overview of the Foundation's CMO Succession Planning Tool.
This case study report, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, describes how three high-performing CMOs handled leadership changes.
This tool offers a sample information and contact inventory worksheet to accompany the interactive Succession Planning Tool for charter management organizations from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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