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How Not to Be a Terrible School Board Member: Lessons for School Administrators and Board Members (Paperback)
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How Not to Be a Terrible School Board Member: Lessons for School Administrators and Board Members (Paperback)

Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 27/09/2011
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How to Not Be a Terrible School Board Member is a practical guide both for how to become an effective school board member, and for how school administrators can improve their board relations. The intended audience is prospective, present, and past school board members and school administrators.While the overwhelming majority of school board members have good motives, even people with good motives can make bad moves, even terrible moves. This book is dedicated to preventing situations in which good intentions can lead to bad outcomes. The book takes a case based approach that focuses on terrible school board member moves as the fastest and most memorable way to help one learn how to be an effective school board member ,and to see, by contrast, how a successful school board member operates. Case-based learning is used in many professional programs such as business, law, medicine, and even teacher education, and research on learning by example has a strong and growing empirical research base.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Inc
ISBN: 9781412997935
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 340 g
Dimensions: 254 x 177 x 10 mm


"The author presents powerful vignettes that successfully describe the range of behaviors, decision making, language, thinking, and actions that often consciously and unconsciously undermine the superintendent, other school officials and employees, but worst of all other board members and the important work of the board members."

-- Douglas Gordon Hesbol, Superintendent

"All board members volunteer to serve because they want to be effective in providing students the best education the school district can provide. Richard Mayer addresses the broad range of mistakes he has seen made by board members during his years as a board member. This is a useful resource that board members and superintendents can use to ensure the successful governance of their school districts."

-- Glen Ishiwata, Superintendent

"I know of no other book that addresses this particular issue at this level of specificity and breadth. District and school administrators, as well as board members, will see it as useful."

-- Robert Marzano, CEO

"I think the approach is brilliant. It's a grabber that every insightful board member or administrator can identify with."

-- Rene Townsend, Former Superintendent

"Mayer writes in an authentic and respectful manner that provides the reader with a clear understanding of what it means to be an effective board member. This is a must-read for anyone who is a current board member, aspiring to become one, or an administrator who wants to develop solid professional relationships with their board members."

-- Bonnie Tryon, Past President

"This is the perfect book for board members and superintendents who already have busy lives but want to make sensible, reasoned choices in their work in today's schools."

-- Cindy Wilson, Associate Professor and Department Chair

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