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Building Great School Board–Superintendent Teams

Discover a systematic approach for establishing school board–superintendent teams that efficiently address demands and respond to the ever-changing educational environment. Understand the role of school board members and instructional leadership in your school improvement plan.


  • Consider how the school board–superintendent team can remain sustainable and productive in governance and leadership.
  • Foster committed team relationships and develop the important qualities of team leadership.
  • Clarify the roles and responsibilities of school board–superintendent team members to improve governance and avoid conflict.
  • Learn how to communicate effectively and speak with one unified voice as a team.
  • Participate in team professional development activities that build trust, respect, transparency, and accountability among the team.

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Table of Contents

Part I: Teamwork and Leadership Strategies for School Board–Superintendent Teams

  • Chapter 1: Legal Perspectives and the Case for Local Control
  • Chapter 2: Induction and New Team Member Orientation

Chapter 3: Team Members’ Roles and Responsibilities

  • Chapter 4: Effective Communication and a Unified Voice
  • Chapter 5: Team Decision Making
  • Chapter 6: Committed and Effective Team Leadership

Part II: Strategic and Evaluative Functions of School Board–Superintendent Teams

  • Chapter 7: Foundational Statements
  • Chapter 8: Continuous Improvement and Quality Assurance
  • Chapter 9: Governance and Leadership During Change
  • Chapter 10: Dysfunctional Teams and Rogue Members
  • Chapter 11: System Evaluation Essentials
  • Chapter 12: The Future of the School Board–Superintendent Team


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