Excerpts from the BC School Trustees Association’s website, which lists these principles in various “Modules” as ways to achieve “Successful Governance.” http://learn.bcsta.org/successful-governance

Ask yourself whether members of the current Board have conducted themselves under these principles:

From Module #1: You and Your Team

Relationships are important

Most of the work of boards of education is accomplished through relationships within the education system, with the broader community, and among trustees themselves.

Educators, parents, the media, organizations that serve children and youth, the community at large and other levels of government have an interest in public education. Keeping these relationships strong is an important part of the board’s work. This includes:

  • creating a climate of trust by working through political and personal differences in the interests of healthy debate and good decision-making
  • working closely and respectfully with district staff and employees
  • actively engaging parents and the public in board processes and decisions.

Trustees who understand themselves and others well will generally find it easier to build effective relationships. In group work, relationship always trumps task. You can’t get anything done unless the key people are on board.

Module #5: Leadership, is a particularly interesting one to read.  It’s too long to post, but here is a small part of it, along with the link to view the entire document: http://learn.bcsta.org/module-5-leadership

Enable others to act

Effective leaders are not driven by personal ego. They step outside themselves and focus on success for the organization or community. They invest in fostering relationships, building teams and empowering others to take action. “Leaders work to make people feel strong, capable and committed. They enable others to act not by hoarding the power they have but by giving it away. Exemplary leaders strengthen everyone’€™s capacity to deliver on the promises they make. When people are trusted and have more discretion, more authority, and more information, they-€™re more likely to use their energies to produce extraordinary results.” This leadership principle applies to trustee relations with one another and with senior staff in their districts.

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