Leading for Board & Community
Now, more than ever, it is evident that forging a strong relationship between the head of school and their board of trustees is critical to the success of the school. Sustaining that strong relationship between the head of school and their board of trustees depends on the ability of the HOS to "lead up," guiding their board to govern wisely. While governance and leadership have traditionally been seen as separate functions in schools, in international schools today, that distinction is blurred. In practice, the board and the head of school must work in close collaboration to fulfill the school's mission and achieve the vision. The session will be structured around the Ten Basic Competencies for Heads of Schools In Working With Their Boards, and will explore the skills and knowledge heads need in order to guide their boards wisely.
About David: David Chojnacki is a Senior Consultant at Carney Sandoe & Associates. He has held headships at the International School of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso, West Africa), the Karachi American School (Pakistan), the American Embassy School in New Delhi, and Cairo American College. For 20 years, he served as the Executive Director of the Near East South Asia Council of Overseas Schools, and he has served on numerous boards including the Association of International Schools in Africa, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, NAIS, and the U.S. Fulbright Commission in Greece.
About Rick: Mr. Detwiler has worked with school boards as head of five international schools over the past 25 years. He is a consultant on governance and boardsmanship; consultant to NESA on its Board Development Project. Before joining the international school community in 1988, he was a US Navy officer, a Peace Corps volunteer in Botswana, and for ten years, a teacher and principal in Vermont.
This "Point-Counterpoint" debate pulls no punches in challenging leaders to examine many current patterns of practice and behavior within the board/head of school relationship.
About Kevin Bartlett: Kevin Bartlett has held leadership positions in the UK, Tanzania, Namibia, Austria and Belgium, where he is currently Director of the International School of Brussels. He has been deeply involved in designing accreditation systems for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS) and the Council of International Schools (CIS). Kevin was a member of the Founding Board of CIS and served as Chairman for four years. He is a writer and trainer in the field of leadership for learning for the Principals' Training Center.
About Tim: Tim Carr is currently the Director R&D at Avenues-The World School. He was awarded with AAIE's Dr. Ernest Mannino Superintendent of the Year Award in 2016 when he was the head of Jakarta International School.
In the best of times, the Board and Head of School (HOS) relationship is supportive, collegial, and positively reaffirming. What happens when the relationship changes? If the HOS finds themselves ignoring conversations and making excuses for a relationship that looks and feels different, the result is a 'slippery slope' from which the relationship is difficult or even impossible to recover. The goal of this HeadTalk is to share reflections on how to manage the Board/Head relationship in a world that is changing rapidly, becoming increasingly complex, and often confronting the Board and HOS with conflicting challenges and outcomes. Within any relationship, dynamics like these can threaten the stability and confidence of the Board/Head relationship and result in confusion about what is most important and valued. When this happens, it is important to face reality and take advantage of opportunities to avoid 'sliding.'
About Jeff: Jeff Paulson is the Director of the Zurich International School and the new President of AAIE. Jeff has 30 years of educational leadership, counseling, and teaching experience in six different international settings (United States, England, Malaysia, Peru, Venezuela and Switzerland). Prior to joining Zurich International School, Jeff served as Superintendent of Escuela Campo Alegre for three years.