Workshops for Boards

Do you want to ensure that your school board is operating with long-term health, stability and effectiveness?
Are you certain that your board is operating in an optimal way, consistent with principles of best practice, to enhance the school’s vision, mission and strategic initiatives?
How long is it since your board members have received expert training in their distinctive roles as trustees of a school board?


Workshops for Boards


OPTIMAL SCHOOL GOVERNANCE offers an extensive range of workshop sessions that are tailored to the individual and distinctive characteristics of each school board.

Workshops can provide orientation for new trustees, regular training for trustees of highly effective boards to fine-tune and ensure continuing ‘best practice’, and help can also be provided to support boards that are functioning sub-optimally, and even boards that are in crisis.

Among the popular (and often necessary) topics for workshops with school boards and heads are the following:

  1. Board leadership

  2. Governance vs Management

  3. Managing risk

  4. Directing and managing change

  5. Dysfunctional boards

  6. Healthy boards

  7. Staying focussed in a crisis

  8. Preparing for a future that embraces disruptive change

  9. The Board-Head relationship

  10. Board composition and succession

  11. Board meetings and dynamics

  12. Board policies

  13. Board engagement with the faculty, staff, alumni, parents and the community

  14. Ethos (the mission, school policies, environmental sustainability)

  15. Strategic thinking and visioning

  16. Board duties (legal compliance, finances and resources, risk management, reputation)

  17. Oversight of the school (engagement, program oversight, demographics)

  18. Perspectives on Christian leadership

  19. Evaluating the board

  20. Evaluating trustees’ performance

Our workshops consistently receive high ratings and positive feedback.  For details of feedback we receive from school boards, click HERE.

Workshops and programs to enhance board effectiveness
Support for managing strategic and/or operational change effectively
Diagnostic tools for board self-evaluations and external board evaluations
Simple diagnostic tools for annual trustee evaluations
Performance appraisals for Heads and Senior Executive staff
Support to address specific issues such as dysfunctional teamwork, lack of trust and conflict
Assistance with improving board-head relations
Support for board restructuring
Orientation workshops for new board members
Mentoring and tailored support for boards and school leaders
Presentation or Masterclass to a board, faculty or staff:
Typically 1 to 2 hours, this is a standalone single-topic presentation with questions and discussion, either on a standard topic or a school-specific topic that has been identified by the board or school.
Governance Workshops:
Depending on the depth of analysis and extent of discussion required, these can be organised as half-day, full-day, two-day or week-long courses.  Workshops cover a range of governance-related topics selected from the list (to the left) or as specified by the school or board.
Full Effective Governance Review:
Depending upon the depth and range of issues involved, this is usually a 3 to 5 day process involving onsite visits and a formal questionnaire for trustees and stakeholders.
Ongoing Governance Support:
An annual critical friendship, including monthly and ad hoc consultations, up to four campus visits per year (each of which may be up to two days), incorporating any or all of the above plus coaching for trustees and/or senior staff.