How Not to Be a Terrible School Board Member

How Not to Be a Terrible School Board Member : Lessons for School Administrators and Board Members

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How to Not Be a Terrible School Board Member is a practical guide both for how to become an effective school board member, and for how school administrators can improve their board relations. The intended audience is prospective, present, and past school board members and school administrators.While the overwhelming majority of school board members have good motives, even people with good motives can make bad moves, even terrible moves. This book is dedicated to preventing situations in which good intentions can lead to bad outcomes. The book takes a case based approach that focuses on terrible school board member moves as the fastest and most memorable way to help one learn how to be an effective school board member ,and to see, by contrast, how a successful school board member operates. Case-based learning is used in many professional programs such as business, law, medicine, and even teacher education, and research on learning by example has a strong and growing empirical research more

Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 175.26 x 251.46 x 12.7mm | 340.19g
  • SAGE Publications Inc
  • Thousand Oaks, United States
  • English
  • 1412997933
  • 9781412997935

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"This is the perfect book for board members and superintendents who already have busy lives but want to make sensible, reasoned choices in their work in today's schools." -- Cindy Wilson, Associate Professor and Department Chair "Mayer writes in an authentic and respectful manner that provides the reader with a clear understanding of what it means to be an effective board member. This is a must-read for anyone who is a current board member, aspiring to become one, or an administrator who wants to develop solid professional relationships with their board members." -- Bonnie Tryon, Past President "I think the approach is brilliant. It's a grabber that every insightful board member or administrator can identify with." -- Rene Townsend, Former Superintendent "I know of no other book that addresses this particular issue at this level of specificity and breadth. District and school administrators, as well as board members, will see it as useful." -- Robert Marzano, CEO "All board members volunteer to serve because they want to be effective in providing students the best education the school district can provide. Richard Mayer addresses the broad range of mistakes he has seen made by board members during his years as a board member. This is a useful resource that board members and superintendents can use to ensure the successful governance of their school districts." -- Glen Ishiwata, Superintendent "The author presents powerful vignettes that successfully describe the range of behaviors, decision making, language, thinking, and actions that often consciously and unconsciously undermine the superintendent, other school officials and employees, but worst of all other board members and the important work of the board members." -- Douglas Gordon Hesbol, Superintendentshow more

Table of contents

PrefaceAbout the AuthorAcknowledgmentsI. Terrible District teamwork1. Humiliate a District Employee in Public2. Negotiate in Public3. Attack the Administration in Print4. Micromanage the Superintendent5. Never Question the Administration6. Solicit Complaints from Teachers and Staff7. Ask for Special TreatmentII. Terrible Board Teamwork8. Disrespect a Fellow Board Member9. Speak for the Board10. Build Coalitions11. Abstain on Tough Votes12. Be Decisive, Don't Compromise13. Come Unprepared to a Board Meeting14. Do Too Much HomeworkIII. Terrible Public Relations15. Represent Your Supporters16. Minimize Public Input17. Run Your Own District Survey18. Argue with a Hostile Speaker19. Confide in a Reporter20. Garner Public Support21. Sign a PetitionIV. Terrible Personal Style22. Ignore Minor Conflicts of Interest23. Take Political Stands24. Use the District's Credit Card25. Remember Your Political Party26. Do a Favor27. Accept Gifts28. Radiate Negative EnergyEpilogueshow more

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