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Charter Board Partners

Finding and training more great board members in the Denver area

October 25, 2018 | by Kate Essex

Building on the success of our first round of charter school board recruitment and matching in 2016, Charter Board Partners is excited to partner again with the Colorado League of Charter Schools to recruit and train more board members for an expanded network of Denver-area public schools. A diverse cohort of 14 boards has signed on for a five-month project aimed at increasing their capacity to govern well. 

CBP is also launching a second series of trainings for board members through a partnership with the statewide charter school authorizer, the Colorado Charter School Institute. These trainings will give boards around the state access to information about how to recruit strong and diverse board members and how to govern effectively.

Through our previous partnership with the League, we recruited and trained three dozen people into the CBP network of board candidates and matched more than half of them to charter school boards in the metro Denver area. This year, we will double the size of the network, working with a set of new schools in addition to continuing our work with the first participants. 

It is challenging for school leaders and current, busy board members to identify community members who bring diverse perspectives, needed skill sets, and new ideas to charter school boards. CBP is proud of our approach to board recruiting. We take time to get to know the participating boards, understanding their goals, mission, challenges, and who’s already on the board. We work with community partners to build a strong candidate pipeline and find individuals to fit the needs of each board. Then, as we match candidates to the boards, we provide training on how to be effective board members. 

We are hosting a Board Candidate Breakfast on Tuesday, October 30. If you or someone you know might be interested in serving on a charter school board in the Denver area, this is the perfect opportunity to learn more. You are not obligated to join a board if you attend the breakfast. Please contact Jamiah Hargins at jhargins@edgilityconsulting.com for more information and to RSVP. 
CBP’s Colorado work is made possible by generous support from the Walton Family Foundation, the Daniels Fund, and the Gates Family Foundation.

We are proud to be a part of Colorado’s robust initiatives to strengthen effectiveness and accountability at the school board level. Learn more!

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