Charter School Board Development and Training

The effectiveness of the Board of Trustees is the key factor in the success of any charter school. A charter school Board member is a steward and director of an organization employing dozens of teachers, serving hundreds of children and overseeing millions of public dollars each year. Charter school Boards are responsible for academic, operational and financial oversight of the charter school and for selecting, hiring and evaluating the School Leader.

JPS Solutions can help build the capacity of your Board of Trustees and of each Board member to govern your school effectively.

We have worked with dozens of charter school Boards and Board members to improve school governance. We have developed governance structures and By-Laws for several charter schools, and we helped charter schools establish effective Board meeting practices and protocols. We have conducted Board training workshops and worked one-on-one with Board Chairpersons and individual Board members. We have helped Boards establish Board succession strategies and new member orientation programs. We’ve also helped Boards create and implement formal policies to improve governance and school performance outcomes.

JPS Solutions recognizes that Board members are very busy people and that the time burdens on Board members are great. Accordingly, we are flexible in how we deliver Board training and consulting. Our services are customized to your needs and circumstances. We can meet with you face-to-face or virtually. We can consult with you face-to-face, over the phone or via e-mail or text. We can conduct “stand-alone” workshops, integrate our training into your Board retreats and/or provide Board training as part of your regular Board meetings. In fact, we’ve even held Board trainings over dinner for Board members at schools in the Network of Independent Charter Schools in New York City.

We can work with you and your Board to:

  • Facilitate strategic planning to clarify goals and improve Board decision-making

  • Build board capacity through customized training and technical assistance

  • Develop policy-driven governance practices

  • Conduct effective outcomes-driven Board meetings

  • Establish high-functioning Board committees

  • Evaluate and support senior staff

  • Engage in meaningful self-evaluation and Board improvement

  • Recruit new Board members and plan for succession