Board Governance

As the school’s governing body, the board of trustees is legally responsible for the academic, financial, and operational quality of the charter school. Given the centrality of autonomy to charter schools, the board is integral to the proper oversight of schools. The National Charter School Resource Center leverages the existing body of knowledge to offer best practices and tools to enable charter schools to establish and maintain an effective board.

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Standards for Effective Charter School Governance ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 Charter Board Partners’ standards for effective governance are widely used and highly acclaimed by charter school boards. They clearly outline the core responsibilities of charter school… Read more
Succession Planning in CMOs: Report and Case Studies ReportsBill and Melinda Gates Foundation26 Feb, 2016 This report by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation details the importance of succession planning for charter management organizations (CMOs), shares the key components of succession… Read more
Succession Planning in CMOs: Worksheet ToolkitsBill and Melinda Gates Foundation26 Feb, 2016 This tool offers a sample information and contact inventory worksheet to accompany the interactive Succession Planning Tool for charter management organizations from the Bill & Melinda… Read more
Top 10 Mistakes Charter School Boards Make ToolkitsBoard on Track26 Feb, 2016 Charter school board members have lots of questions about their roles and responsibilities. They can learn a bit of what NOT to do from this insightful piece about mistakes that charter… Read more
Top 10 Tips for Being a Great Board Chair ToolkitsCharter Board Partners26 Feb, 2016 Great boards need great board chairs. This tool offers top tips for new (and veteran) board chairs on leading effectively.  
Turning Passion Into Action: Unlocking Your Board's Fundraising Potential ToolkitsSafal Partners26 Feb, 2016 "Turning Passion into Action: Unlocking Your Board's Fundraising Potential" was a presentation given at the National Charter Schools Conference, 2015 by Safal Partners. Among the… Read more
CSO Master Class: School Leadership Development Event08 Feb, 2016 State-based charter support organizations (CSOs) are leading and innovating practices in their states to serve high-performing charter schools. School operators look to CSOs to help with… Read more
Can You Afford That New Charter School Facility? ToolkitsCharter School Growth05 Jan, 2016 CSGF offers a tool that boards can use to answer the question: “how much building can I afford?”.
CSO Master Class: New School Development Event03 Dec, 2015 State-based charter support organizations (CSOs) provide services for charter schools, including best practices, tools, and resources to support the development of new schools in their… Read more
Master Class: Board Development and Governance Event09 Sep, 2015 Non-profit boards serve an important role in ensuring strong governance of schools. Independent governance is the key differentiator between public charter schools and other public schools—… Read more