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Description - A Practical Guide to Effective School Board Meetings by Rene S. Townsend

* Unique focus on effective school board meetings * Hands-on applicability for chairpeople * Includes sample board meeting agendas, board packet cover pages, board agenda items, flow charts, and preparation activities If board meetings are something you simply "get through" so you can get on with your "real" work, this book is a must. As chair, you can turn board meetings into productive, result-getting events that help you focus on teaching and learning to achieve your school's goals with the support of this realistic, detailed, and entertaining book! Rene S Townsend, James R Brown and Walter L Buster, having chaired over 1,000 board meetings between them, discuss: * Creating clarity and building the team to increase effectiveness and support positive working relationships * Developing general operating procedures * Carrying out effective board meetings * Critical aspects of the meeting itself, as well as tips on conducting closed sessions * Post-meeting follow-up and how these activities affect and influence the culture of the district Chairpeople, board members, leadership staff and community members will find this guide invaluable for creating effective and meaningful board meetings.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781412913294
ISBN-10: 1412913292
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 177mm x mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: SAGE Publications Inc
Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
Publish Date: 15-Feb-2005
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Rene S. Townsend

Rene Townsend, former superintendent for ten years, is executive director of the Urban Education Dialog (UED) and Public School Services (PSS), nonprofit organizations founded by Price Charities. PSS has a mission of reducing the price of goods and services to all public school districts; UED is a forum to confront challenges facing urban school districts and exchange best practices. With seven other superintendents, Townsend coauthored Eight at the Top; they are working on book two, offering more leadership insights for superintendents. Townsend received her bachelor of science from the University of Washington, her master's from San Diego State University, and her doctorate from Northern Arizona University. She serves on the national boards of Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) and Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR). James R. Brown was a superintendent for twenty-six years, preceded by various administrative positions and his first love, teaching history. While serving as superintendent, he chaired two major task forces, the California State Mathematics and the California High School Exit Exam. Jim is Deputy Executive Director of the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative (BASRC), and he serves on three community and education boards. Jim received his bachelor's degree from Georgetown University, his masters from the University of Kansas, and did graduate work in Education Administration at the University of Riverside. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including California State Superintendent of the Year in 1999, and the Marcus Foster Award in 2004. He has also served as President of the Suburban School Superintendents national group. Jim and his wife, Kathe, a librarian, have three grown sons. Dr. Walter L. Buster is a professor of leadership at Fresno State University and a creator of the Central Valley Educational Leadership Forum. In addition to his service as a superintendent for nineteen years in three California districts, Walt was a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. Recently Walt stepped forward to serve as interim superintendent of the Fresno Unified School District, calming the district in a time of political and financial turmoil. Walt's other leadership activities include leading the Executive Leadership Academy and the Association of California School Administrators Academy. He serves on the national education advisory boards for IBM and Microsoft, and is on the board of WestEd. His bachelor's degree is from Westmont College, his masters from Chapman College, and his doctorate from the University of Montana. Walt and his wife, Susan, an artist, have two children and one grandchild.

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