Based on A Catholic School Governance Handbook for a New Era (p.3), the authors, Dr. Dan Ryan, Dr. Regina Haney, and Dr. Anthony Sabatino named preferred universal constructs or competencies and habits of mind needed for future board successes. These competencies and habits should be found in all school board models:
- Collaborate: willingness, knowledge, and skills to function collaboratively.
- Dream: willingness to dream and take a risk. Use SWOT analysis to manage those dreams.
- Think SMART: Think strategically, assessing progress, recognizing reality, seeking results, focused on the outcome in a timely pathway for success.
- Understand and respect the value of the mission and purpose of Catholic education.
- Practice spirituality: Use modified Jesuit Examen for regular reflection, contemplation and imagination in order to develop a process for committees and the board to be organized and future-focused.
Dr. Regina Haney and Dr. Dan Ryan will be presenting a Focused Content Session, Administrator and Boards: Cultivating Relationships for Success, at the Institute for Catholic School Leaders, July 15-18 in Los Angeles.
The learning objectives for this session include:
- Describe the ten seeds of insights for school heads to build collaborative partnerships with school boards.
- Assess his/her strengths and weaknesses in the areas of the ten seeds of insights.
- Evaluate one’s board to compare one’s own strengths and weaknesses.
- Create a plan integrating the growth of the board with one’s own growth as head of the school to effectively facilitate the board’s leadership.
For registration and program information for the 2018 NCEA Institute for Catholic School Leaders, click here. Also, A Catholic School Governance Handbook for a New Era, can be purchased at the online NCEA Store.