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The Governance Core: School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together / Edition 1

The Governance Core: School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together / Edition 1

by Davis W. Campbell, Michael Fullan
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Lead into the future effectively with the Governance Core approach!

Designed to guide educational leadership past difficult and formidable challenges, the governance system outlined in this book will lead to school districts and schools operating at the highest levels of effectiveness. Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan call for school boards, superintendents and school leaders to work cohesively with the same mindset to raise clarity, status, and efficacy. Practical and authentic, the Governance Core is based upon:

  • A governance mindset
  • A shared moral imperative
  • A unified, cohesive governance system
  • A commitment to system-wide coherence
  • A focus on continuous improvement in the district

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781544344331
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Publication date: 05/02/2019
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 147,433
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Davis Campbell is the former Executive Director of the California School Boards Association and is Chair of the University of California, Davis, School of Education, Board of Advisors and a Senior Fellow. He also serves as a Trustee on the Stuart Foundation Board of Trustees.

Campbell has a deep and broad background in public education. He served for 12 years in the California Department of Education, serving six of those years as Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction in charge of all education programs. In 1988, he was appointed Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2001. He also served as an elected trustee on the Yolo County Board of Education.

Campbell maintains an active consulting practice in effective governance in education as well as public and nonprofit agencies at both the state and international level. In California, in addition to trainings and workshops with school districts, most recently he conducted numerous workshops with nonprofit organizations as well as training sessions with cities, counties, and special districts. Campbell's international governance work includes board support for the American School of Madrid (15 years), the American School of Barcelona, the American School of Paris, the American Cooperative School, Tunis, Tunisia, the American International School of Egypt, and effective governance workshops in Lisbon, Portugal, and Rome, and Milan, Italy.

Michael Fullan, OC, is the former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and Professor Emeritus of the University of Toronto. He is co-leader of the New Pedagogies for Deep Learning global initiative. Recognized as a worldwide authority on educational reform, he advises policymakers and local leaders in helping to achieve the moral purpose of all children learning. Michael Fullan received the Order of Canada in December 2012. He holds honorary doctorates from several universities around the world.

Fullan is a prolific, award-winning author whose books have been published in many languages. His book Leading in a Culture of Change received the 2002 Book of the Year Award by Learning Forward. Breakthrough (with Peter Hill and Carmel Crévola) won the 2006 Book of the Year Award from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), and Turnaround Leadership in Higher Education (with Geoff Scott) won the Bellwether Book Award in 2009. Change Wars (with Andy Hargreaves) was named the 2009 Book of the Year by Learning Forward, and Professional Capital (with Andy Hargreaves) won the AACTE 2013 Book of the Year and the Grawemeyer Award in Education in 2015.

Michael Fullan’s latest books are The Principal: Three Keys for Maximizing Impact ; Coherence: The Right Drivers in Action for Schools, Districts, and Systems (with Joanne Quinn); Deep Learning: Engage the Change the World (with Joanne Quinn and Joanne Mc Eachen); Surreal Change: The Real Life of Transforming Public Education (autobiography); and Nuance: Why Some Leaders Succeed and Others Fail.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Frank Pugh
Foreword by John Malloy
Introduction: Politics, Governance, and System Improvement
Unity of Purpose: Driven by a Shared Moral Imperative
Politics, Governance, and System Improvement
How This Book Is Structured
Shift to Positive Drivers
Concluding Comments
Chapter 1. Moral Imperative and the Governance Core
The Nature of Governance
A Fundamental Choice
Five Major Themes of Good Governance
The Governance Core
Concluding Comments
Chapter 2. Trustee Governance Mindset
Systems Thinking
Strategic Focus
Deep Learning
Concluding Comments
Chapter 3. Superintendent Governance Mindset
Typical Governance Styles
Examples of Purposeful Superintendent Support for Governance
What These Superintendents Have in Common
Supporting a Trustee Governance Mindset
Concluding Comments
Chapter 4. Welcoming New Trustees
The First 100 Days: What the Board Should Do
The First 100 Days: What New Trustees Should Do
Concluding Comments
Chapter 5. Governing With Coherence
Coherence Making
Coherence in Perspective
Distractions and Challenges to Coherence
Concluding Comments
Chapter 6. Governance Culture
Processes That Develop Governance Infrastructure
Concluding Comments
Chapter 7. The Governance Job: Systems Thinking and Strategic Action
Setting Strategic Direction
Policy Direction and Approval
Stewardship and Support
Oversight and Accountability
Community Leadership Throughout
Concluding Comments
Chapter 8. Governance Tools
Discussion Meetings
Governance Handbooks
Board Self-Evaluations
Continuing Board Education
Concluding Comments
Chapter 9. Rising to the Occasion
All Rise
Appendix I: Template for Creating Board Protocols
Appendix II: Three Comparisons of Effective Governance Principles
About the Authors

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