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Tips for Fostering Collaboration with Your Board

Grow Schools

March 18, 2024

Tips For Fostering Collaboration With Your Board

Finding that sweet spot of collaboration can sometimes feel like a balancing act: your charter school board gets so focused on their own agenda that they forget to loop in the CEO/ED and their team. Meanwhile, the CEO/ED might feel like they’re on a different wavelength from the board committees. It’s a recipe for disconnect.

What can you do to mitigate this dynamic? It starts with building a solid partnership between the board chair and the CEO/ED. Regular check-ins, clear communication, and mutual support are the name of the game.

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Here are some key focus areas:

  1. Be proactive about tracking progress. Check-ins should be more than just status updates. They’re about ensuring everyone’s moving in the right direction. If someone needs a hand, it’s time to lend some support.
  2. Roles and boundaries. Try to prevent stepping on each others’ toes. Everyone has their role, and sticking to it keeps things running smoothly.
  3. Maintain transparency. Everyone should be in the loop about what’s happening, from financial details to any curveballs that come your way.
  4. Continuously improve. Regular check-ins help you figure out what’s working, what needs adjusting, and what you can leave behind.
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The partnership between your charter school board and the C-suite is vital for school success. They’re like two halves of a whole, each bringing unique strengths to the table. Browse and download the resources below to foster collaboration with your board.

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