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
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools
Identifying Indicators of Distress in Charter Schools Part 1: The Role and Perspective of Charter School Authorizers
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Indicators of Distress and What They Mean in the Charter Sector: A Webinar for Charter Sector Stakeholders Introducing…
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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
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
Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Abridged) ToolkitsCharter Friends National Network01 Aug, 2000 This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training… Read more
Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Full Version) ToolkitsCharter Friends National Network01 Aug, 2000 This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training… 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.
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
Good to Govern: Evaluating the Capacity of Charter School Founding Boards ReportsNational Association of Charter School Authorizers23 Feb, 2010 This National Association of Charter School Authorizers issue brief identifies key characteristics of effective founding charter school boards and provides guidelines to evaluate their… Read more
Creating and Sustaining High-Quality Charter School Governing Boards ReportsNational Resource Center on Charter School Finance and Governance 01 Nov, 2008 This guide examines the laws, policies, and programs that states are using to create and sustain high-quality public charter school governing boards. The authors provide policy options… Read more