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.

Featured Board Governance Resources

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Nonprofit Board Member Recruiting/Matching Program, Fort Wayne, Indiana Publication01 Mar, 2012 The Foellinger Foundation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, granted $40,400 over two years to support Get on Board, a project to connect exemplary veterans of local nonprofit governing boards with… Read more
Board Committee Sample Job Descriptions PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 These sample board committee member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Sample descriptions are provided for academic… Read more
Board Effectiveness Quiz PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 This free online quiz, designed by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm, is also a self-assessment for individual board members to see their board's strengths and… Read more
Charter School Board Member Job Descriptions PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 These sample board member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. In addition to the job descriptions, scroll down to view sample… Read more
Job Descriptions for Officers PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 These sample job descriptions for officers are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Samples are available for board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and… Read more
Sample Individual Trustee Appraisal PublicationThe High Bar01 Jan, 2012 This sample individual trustee appraisal is provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. The self-appraisal asks individuals to rate their own expectations… Read more
Maximizing Effectiveness: Focusing the Microscope on Charter School Governance Boards ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance26 Sep, 2011 The National Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance makes a compelling case to focus on governing boards: most charter school closures are a result of challenges to… Read more
Developing Training Programs for Charter School Governing Board Members: A Promising Practice Profile ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance & Governance06 Sep, 2011 Through examination of innovative practices in Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and Minnesota, this guide outlines essential elements in the development of a strong charter school governing board.
Charter School Governing Board Training Handbook ToolkitsRandy DeHoff 11 Aug, 2011 The purpose of this guide is to equip present and future board members with the knowledge they need to fulfill their duties, as board leadership is a key component in successful charter… Read more
Center for Charter Schools Offers 'Board Gear' ToolkitsCenter for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University23 Mar, 2010 Developed by the Center for Charter Schools at Central Michigan University, this online resource includes a wide range of materials to assist leaders at the schools it authorizes, with a… Read more