First 90 Days (New Member, New Team)
- Orientation "coffees" with president or designated mentor (traditions,
strategic role/focus, Sunshine laws, types of meetings, protocols for
constituent engagement, Colorado's financial dilemma...)
- One-to-one mentoring for six months (new member with a veteran or retired board member)
- Review the governing team's strategic framework and operating norms
- Explore local board policies (especially those on the board's purposeful work)
- Study CASB's Leadership WORKbook
- Participate in a "new team" effectiveness session (go here for a template)
- Journey with teammates to the next CASB learning event
Essential next steps
- Orientation session hosted by administration on “all things strategic.”
- Team effectiveness session to affirm/adjust the governing team's strategic framework (the number one "tool" of highly effective boards).
- Establishment of a "support, development and healthy challenge" calendar for advancing both board and superintendent performance (go here for appraising tools).
- Tours and introductions at district office and schools.
- Plan for board reorganization and oaths of office.
- Calendar of board meetings and yearly agenda.
- Orientation/mentoring plan.
- Policy manual and bylaws (up to date, readily and easily usable).
- Board packet delivery schedule.
- Board laptop/Ipad/technology assets (access, responsibilities, passwords, procedures...).
- Board’s strategic framework (vision, mission/purpose, goals, operating norms and core values).
- Board’s goals/performance plans, progress assessments, leadership commitments/agreements/policies.
- Norms for board's local version of "parliamentary procedure."
- Board's plan for listening, learning and trust-building with constituents.
- Superintendent’s contract, progress plans and assessments, the official end-of-year evaluations.
- Student achievement goals, dashboards and progress reports.
- Strategic plan and related measurables, dashboards and feedback.
- Unified Improvement Plans (district and site).
- Budget (clear, easily usable).
- Financial audits (especially the executive summaries).
- Annual report.
- Negotiated contract(s), salary schedule, schedule/calendar.
- Curriculum system and guides.
- Crisis action plan.
- District calendar.
- District map (sites, boundaries, contact info).
- Activity pass.
- Key communication card (print and e-version contact info for all board members and administrators).
- District directory of employees and volunteers.
- Reimbursement form (and procedure).
- CASB’s Leadership Workbook.
- CASB calendar of learning events.
- Online password CASB website's "members only" areas
- CASB acronym/ jargon list
Start-up commitments to confirm/declare
- Governing is the board's distinct leadership role.
- Healthy/effective board work is a board/team/group effort.
- The board listens and learns.
- Focus on top priorities.
- Respect others, constantly.
- Desire to mature as a learner.
- Clear pursuit of learning, improvement.
- Accountability to shareholders.
- Orientation "coffees" with president or designated mentor (traditions, strategic role/focus, Sunshine laws, types of meetings, protocols for constituent engagement, Colorado's financial dilemma...)