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Board Governance Workshops

Equipping boards for effective leadership

To fulfill its mission, strong board leadership is essential to the success of each Christian school. We provide resources to equip, inspire and support excellence in governance, board leadership and organizational impact.

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Governance, vision, and values

Our schools couldn't exist without the support and commitment of our boards, which work alongside principals to ensure school management, governance, vision, and values.

To give our boards every advantage, CSI is developing an online board training program that is flexible, modular, and easy for boards to access. We also provide face-to-face training for individual schools or on a regional workshop basis.

Being a Christian school board

Understanding the roles and responsibilities of the school board is critical to the long-term success of a Christian school. Most difficulties encountered by school boards revolve around a misunderstanding of the roles and responsibilities of the school board members.

Topics in this module include:

  • Distinctively Christian: Leading a school community committed to the radical task of Christian education through effective governance
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Christian School Board
  • Legal Responsibilities of the Christian School Board
  • Governance Models
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Vision, mission & values

The school board is responsible for the long-term vision and success of the Christian school and having a clear understanding of your mission, vision, values, and beliefs is critical to that task.

Topics in this module include:

Vision, mission, values, and beliefs

Exploring your vision and mission

Mission statements

School values

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Crucial governance concepts

The model of governance the school board employs has definite impact on the success of the school. Understanding the different models and when they are appropriate is critical to the long-term success of the school.

Topics in this module include:

  • Principles of Good Governance
  • Guiding Principles for Boards
  • Board Areas of Responsibility: An Overview

Strategic direction and planning

Since the school board is charged with developing and supporting the long-term vision of the school (in partnership with the school administrator), understanding the strategic planning process is critical. Topics in this module include:

  • Strategic Direction and Strategic Planning for boards: An Introduction
  • Living Our Vision and Values
  • Scarcity or Prosperity Approach
  • Where Are We Heading and How Do We Want to Get There?
  • Scenario Planning
  • Strategic Questions for Board Members
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Developing and reviewing your board's strategic plan:

  • Ideas to Focus You on the Big Picture: Practical Outworking for Next 3-5 Years
  • Responsible Boards: Sometimes We Say Yes, Sometimes We Say No
  • Quick and Simple How to for Strategic Planning
  • Possibility Thinking: Developing Future Scenarios
  • Reviewing Vision and Mission
  • SWOT Analysis
  • Engaging Your Community for Feedback
  • How to Make Sure Your Strategic Plan Gets Used
  • Monitoring Progress and Reporting

Explore ways to grow your board’s impact

Contact us to learn more about CSI’s board training program. Online, regional and board-specific sessions are available.