Resources & Research

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Governance Best Practices for Highly Effective Charter School Boards

This toolkit from Charter Board Partners provides a nearly comprehensive compilation of best practices to create and sustain a highly effective charter school board. Topics covered include roles and responsibilities, running effective meetings, committee structure, and other practices that align with standards for highly effective boards.

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Standards for Highly Effective Charter School Board Governance

This pamphlet from Charter Board Partners outlines the 6 standards to achieve a highly effective charter school board. The standards “set a high bar for what charter school boards should be focusing on,” according to Charter Board Partners.

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A Fresh Look at Diversity and Boards

This article, the first in a three-part series written by Jan Masaoka for Blue Avocado, takes a careful look at a diversity and nonprofit boards. Masaoka lays out the reasons in support of diversity as well as some practical advice, such as constructing diversity statement. A related article, "Recruiting for Board Diversity," offers practical tips for recruiting people 'unlike ourselves.'

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Sample Individual Trustee Appraisal

This sample individual trustee appraisal is provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. The self-appraisal asks individuals to rate their own expectations and performance as a member of a charter school board. Reflective questions are provided at the end of the self-appraisal.

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Job Descriptions for Officers

These sample job descriptions for officers are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Samples are available for board chair, vice chair, treasurer, and secretary positions.

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Board Committee Sample Job Descriptions

These sample board committee member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. Sample descriptions are provided for academic excellence, development, finance, and governance committees. 

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Charter School Board Member Job Descriptions

These sample board member job descriptions are provided by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm. In addition to the job descriptions, scroll down to view sample performance expectations and board member agreement samples. The documents are available for download as a PDF on the website.

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Board Effectiveness Quiz

This free online quiz, designed by the High Bar, a charter school board governance consulting firm, is also a self-assessment for individual board members to see their board's strengths and weaknesses. The quiz can also be taken by full boards as a group exercise.

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Nonprofit Board Member Recruiting/Matching Program, Fort Wayne, Indiana

The Foellinger Foundation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, granted $40,400 over two years to support Get on Board, a project to connect exemplary veterans of local nonprofit governing boards with young leaders interested in serving in similar capacities. The veterans, a pool of people drawn from nominees for a foundation community board service award, act as mentors and share their knowledge of how to be effective in the role.

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Creating an Effective Charter School Governing Board (Full Version)

This 2000 toolkit from the Charter Friends National Network outlines the steps required to create an effective governing board, including identifying and recruiting board members, training, governance structures and meetings, legal and financial responsibilities, and explorations of the board’s role in fundraising, parental involvement, and accountability. This is the full version of the toolkit. For the abridged version of this resource, please click HERE.