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The Taking Action Guide for the Governance Core
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The Taking Action Guide for the Governance Core
School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together



March 2021 | 136 pages | Corwin
Practical resources for building cohesive governance teams

As a supplement to the best-selling The Governance Core, this practical guide will help trustees and superintendents adopt a governance mindset and partnership that creates coherence throughout the district. With a systems thinking approach, the authors provide readers with the strategies and tools needed to build cohesive teams and engage in deeper learning and decision making. The Taking Action Guide for the Governance Core offers readers:  

a deeper understanding of core governance and how to build it
a planning guide to help new trustees get started
protocols and sample agendas for focusing on strategy and systems during open board meetings

Educational leaders will find this guide offers them a foundation for building strong, flourishing school districts that are equipped to adapt to and meet the daunting challenges of our time. 
 
 
Authors’ Note
 
About the Authors
 
Taking Action Guide Overview
 
How to Use This Guide
 
Module Content and Learning Processes At a Glance
 
Module 1: Moral Imperative and the Governance Core
1.1: Quote Share

 
1.2: Quick Write

 
1.3: Say Something

 
1.4: Think-Pair-Share

 
1.5: The 3-2-1

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 2: Governance Mindset
2.1: Governance Mindset Reflection

 
2.2: Jigsaw

 
2.3: What? So What? Now What?

 
2.4: The 5 R’s: Read, Record, Retell, Relate, and Reflect

 
2.5: Governance Working Styles

 
Governance Mindset Progression

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 3: Governing With Coherence
3.1: The 4 Corner Placemat

 
3.2: S.T.A.R.

 
3.3: Go to the Wall

 
Governance Coherence Progression

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 4: Governance Culture
4.1: Developing Governance Principles

 
4.2: Establishing Governance Norms

 
4.3: Developing Governance Protocols

 
Governance Culture Progression

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 5: The Governance Job
5.1: Deep Dive

 
5.2: Governance Reflection

 
Governance Job Progression

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 6: Governance Tools
6.1: The 3 P’s: Purpose, Positives, and Plan

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 7: Welcoming New Trustees
7.1: Protocol Planning

 
7.2: Turn and Talk

 
Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Module 8: Rising to the Occasion
8.1: The 4 A’s: Assumptions, Agreements, Arguments, and Action

 
Consolidating the Governance Core Planning Guide

 
Personal Reflections

 
 
Appendix 1: The Board Planning Calendar: What? Why? How? When?
 
Appendix 2: Board Planning Calendar Governance Tool Worksheet
 
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ISBN: 9781071819012
£20.99