Improving School Board Effectiveness

Improving School Board Effectiveness A Balanced Governance Approach

Edited by Thomas L. Alsbury and Phil Gore, foreword by Willard R. Daggett
cloth, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-877-1
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paper, 216 Pages
Pub. Date: September 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-876-4
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Pub. Date: September 2015
ISBN-13: 978-1-61250-878-8

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Improving School Board Effectiveness offers a clarifying and essential look at the evolving role of school boards and how they contribute to efforts to improve student learning. It examines how board members can establish effective district priorities, and it explores those board policies and actions that result in shared, districtwide commitments to heightened student achievement.


A must-read for anyone interested in the complex challenges school boards face, especially regarding the question of how board members can contribute to the central goal of improving student outcomes. — From the foreword by Willard R. Daggett, founder and chairman, International Center for Leadership in Education

Alsbury and Gore have done an outstanding job of pulling together research that highlights how school boards matter. Their book provides practical examples for improving school governance at the local level. Improving School Board Effectiveness is an essential read for school board members, superintendents, and those working to improve public education governance. — James B. Crow, executive director, Texas Association of School Boards

Improving School Board Effectiveness is a valuable book for superintendents as well as school boards. It explores the crucial relationship between school boards and superintendents, indicating ways to build a trusting, mutually accountable partnership to advance student achievement. — Bert L’Homme, superintendent, Durham Public Schools, North Carolina

The text throughout is enhanced by useful graphics for understanding the balanced governance approach, as well as numerous assessment tools for measuring board effectiveness and goal-setting. — David Sciarretta, School Administrator

Improving School Board Effectiveness shines a light on the importance of paying attention to how school districts govern and makes a significant contribution to our understanding of the governance process. — Robert G. Smith, Teachers College Record

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About the Editors

Thomas L. Alsbury, a former schoolteacher, principal, and administrator, is a professor of educational leadership at Seattle Pacific University as well as a founder and president of Balanced Governance Solutions.

Phil Gore, a former school board member, is the division director for leadership team services with the Texas Association of School Boards. 

Table of Contents

Foreword by Willard R. Daggett

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