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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“A Synthesis of Research on Charter School Facilities” examines the…
Reports | 06 Oct, 2020
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Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools Part 1: The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers
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The Death Spiral: Identifying Early Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools (A Conversation with Authorizers)

All Board Governance Resources

Fix Your Board Meetings, Strengthen Your Boards Webinar13 Feb, 2013 The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a webinar on February 13, 2013, which explored how to improve the effectiveness of your overall governance by improving your board… Read more
Student Progress Over Time: Using Academic Growth as a Determinant of High Quality Schools Webinar22 Jan, 2013 to 22 Jan, 2013 The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a webinar on January 22, 2013, which explored The District of Columbia Public Charter School Board’s (PCSB) performance management… Read more
Governance Best Practices for Highly Effective Charter School Boards ToolkitsCharter Board Partners31 Dec, 2012 This toolkit from Charter Board Partners provides a nearly comprehensive compilation of best practices to create and sustain a highly effective charter school board. Topics covered include… Read more
Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Board Governance ReportsCharter Board Partners31 Dec, 2012 This pamphlet from Charter Board Partners outlines the 6 standards to achieve a highly effective charter school board. The standards “set a high bar for what charter school boards should be… Read more
Board Governance 101 Webinar29 Nov, 2012 to 29 Nov, 2012 The National Charter School Resource Center hosted a webinar November 29, 2012, which explored board governance in charter schools. This webinar featured distinguished presenter: Nora Flood… Read more
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