CASB Great Governing

A service of the Colorado Association of School Boards, Great Governing is dedicated to citizen leaders learning, growing and achieving for "the sake of the kids." For a conversation, contact Randy Black at CASB headquarters, 1200 Grant Street, Denver, Colorado 80203.

800-530-8430, 303-832-1000

A collection of great choices from "facilitating presidents" across Colorado.

1.  Model mentoring, be a mentor, encourage a mentoring process with/for all members.

2.  Join or build president coffees/groups in your area and/or at every CASB gathering.  Build your "networking presence" at CASB learning events.

3.  Lead from a “clear and solid” personal and team understanding of your “presiding” role as leader, facilitator and spokesperson.

4.  Work to be encouraging, supportive and healthily challenging with each member of the governing team.

5.  In a timely manner, engage each member whenever your intuition or observations detect/suspect a drift from the team’s framework/norms of excellence. 

6.  Constantly assess for potential challenges to team effectiveness, momentum or reputation.

7.  Regularly revisit and hone your personal expression of team core values and behavior norms.  Arrive at each meeting with a specific commitment.

8.  Model learning.  Constantly be seeking your learning edge.  Become a student of effectiveness (governing. administrator/teacher, learning, change, engagement, and advocacy). Tell your personal stories of discovery and application.  Refer to your current reading/study. 

9.  Ask fellow members, regularly:  “How am I doing?”

10.  Admit mistakes.

11.  Build peer-to-peer support with one or two board presidents from like-sized, similarly-challenged districts.

12.  Emphasize listening to understand, constantly.

13.  Be the biggest proponent for…the governing team being a learning community, having a framework of excellence, constantly leading through policy, aligning all work to the wildly important, regularly appraising and honing the work of the board…

14.  Ensure meetings are aligned to the board effectiveness framework.

15.  Facilitate meetings in a team approved manner.

16.  Honor citizen comments with a “listening ear” and a response that honors values of deliberation and delegation. Role play or practice likely responses for tough situations.  Ensure the team has an effective policy for public comments at a meeting, then work the plan.

17.  Emphasize eye contact, courtesy and gratitude toward any presenter.

18.  Seek and encourage each member’s wisdom/voice.

19.  Greet and say goodbye to each member with “voice and handshake.”

20. Plan to sustain your modeling of mature leadership in action.

And one more:  Contact your CASB staff often.  Confidential counsel and research are as close as 800-530-8430, 303-832-1000, 303-832-1086, and individual emails.