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Good Governance is a Choice: A Way to Re-create Your Board_the Right Way Paperback – April 16, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1610483131 ISBN-10: 1610483138

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 150 pages
  • Publisher: R&L Education (April 16, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1610483138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1610483131
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 5.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,294,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book lays it out cleanly and logically—where my authority begins once the board explicitly defines the lines of responsibility. It takes the guesswork and approval process out of our decision making. (Jack Dale, superintendent of Fairfax County Public Schools, VA)

This work focuses the board and district on authentic Results for student achievement and the data necessary for the board to know its standards are being met. (Lorri McCune, superintendent of Palm Springs Unified School District, CA)

Randy Quinn and Linda J. Dawson laid out so logically in this book is a tremendous resource for us to reference, especially with board and superintendent turnover. (Laura Kornasiewicz, Aspen School District board member, CO)

This is a book that belongs in the library of every person who serves on a school board. (Terry Grier, superintendent of Houston Independent School District, TX)

This book delineates true governing authority, appropriate delegation to professional staff to actually do their jobs, and rigorous accountability. (Bill Van Atta, president of the Racine Unified School District Board of Education WI and Global Sales and Marketing Process Director, S. C. Joh)

When two of the nation's premier trainers of school board members in the art of governance write a guide book, the result is a 'must read' for all persons wishing to improve their performance. (Thomas A. Shannon, attorney at law and executive director emeritus of the National School Boards Association)

Linda Dawson and Randy Quinn demonstrate that there is a direct link from the board improving its performance to the organization improving its outcomes. An effective board supports a successful organization; an ineffective board hampers an organization's success. (Pat Cochrane, chair, Calgary Board of Education, Canada)

Randy Quinn and Linda Dawson have written a winner. The concept of Coherent Governance is practical, easily understood and sustainable. It clearly draws the line between governing and managing and provides the framework for both critical functions to interface at a high performance level. (Mike Conduff, president and CEO of The Elim Group, past chair of the International Policy Governance Association (IPGA) and author)

Practical. Understandable. Doable. Your approach in this book on governance is written without jargon and contrived language and concepts. (Kathy L. Smith, chair, Fairfax County Public Schools, VA)

About the Author

Randy Quinn and Linda J. Dawson co-founded the Aspen Group International in 1993 following careers that combine to total over 65 years of service to education and other non-profit boards. They have since consulted with boards in most of the 50 states and others on three continents, including the countries of Morocco, Singapore, Korea, Borneo, Canada and Mexico. Their careers of work with governing boards have provided the basis for this insightful and provocative challenge to traditional governance and leadership customs.

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the book offers some excellent approaches to improving school governance. it is worth a look for school board members or wannabes.
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This is a wonderful book on governance, especially for school boards. Follows the John Carver model and gives examples of policy and reporting.
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