10 episodes

The Trustee Table, an NAIS podcast, provides insights and information for trustees, board chairs, and school administrators on critical governance and leadership issues. Each episode will include a discussion with an expert in the field on a specific topic or challenge facing independent schools. For more information about NAIS or any of the resources discussed, please visit www.nais.org or contact us at membership@nais.org.

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The Trustee Table, an NAIS podcast, provides insights and information for trustees, board chairs, and school administrators on critical governance and leadership issues. Each episode will include a discussion with an expert in the field on a specific topic or challenge facing independent schools. For more information about NAIS or any of the resources discussed, please visit www.nais.org or contact us at membership@nais.org.

    Flipping the Strategic Plan on its Side: An Approach that Puts Students First

    Flipping the Strategic Plan on its Side: An Approach that Puts Students First

    In this episode, Romayne Levee, school founder and Director of Education Strategy at Mission Minded, inspires Trustees to set a new bar for their next strategic plan: one that is student-outcomes focused rather than school operations focused. For 20 years, Romayne been professionally and personally fulfilled working among schools and colleges that challenge the status quo by innovating teaching and learning, diversifying their communities, affording life-changing paths to under-resourced students, and empowering young women to take their seat at the table. As the founder of an independent high school herself, Romayne knows all too well the labor of love that it takes to stoke the flame of an educational institution. She sat on the Board of Vistamar School for 12 years as founding Board Chair, and currently sits on the Board of Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She is a graduate of UCLA with a degree in Political Science.

    • 16 min
    Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom – Insights for Heads and Trustees

    Leveraging Emotional Intelligence in the Boardroom – Insights for Heads and Trustees

    In this episode, Dr. Marc Brackett, founding director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and Professor in the Child Study Center at Yale University, discusses how his research on emotional intelligence can inform strategic planning, the head of school/board chair relationship, and board culture. Marc has published over 125 articles and is the recipient of numerous awards. He is the lead developer of RULER, an evidence-based approach to social emotional learning that has been adopted by over 1000 public, charter, and private schools across the United States and other countries. Marc is also a distinguished scientist on the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and on the board of directors for the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). His latest book, Permission to Feel: Unlocking the Power of Emotions to Help Our Kids, Ourselves, and Our Society Thrive, was published on September 3.

    • 21 min
    Limitless Mind – A Conversation with Dr. Jo Boaler

    Limitless Mind – A Conversation with Dr. Jo Boaler

    In an episode that will further educate heads and trustees about the latest developments in teaching and learning, Dr. Jo Boaler discusses her research into unlocking learning potential at any age. Dr. Boaler is a Professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, and the co-founder of youcubed, a site to give teachers, parents and students the resources they need to excite students about mathematics. She is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (Great Britain), and a former president of the International Organization for Women and Mathematics Education (IOWME). She wrote the first MOOC on mathematics teaching and learning and is the author of eleven books and numerous research articles. Dr. Boaler was recently named by the BBC as one of the eight educators changing the face of education. Her latest book, Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live Without Barriers, was released on September 3.

    • 18 min
    Mastering Crisis Management: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

    Mastering Crisis Management: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

    In this episode, Jim Hulbert, a partner and lawyer at the Jane Group https://www.thejanegroup.biz/, shares his expertise on crisis management, including the major issues facing independent schools today and how heads and boards can approach crisis communication effectively. When a school is in crisis, Jim works closely with the board, often on-site, to develop communications strategies and protocols. He also trains school leadership in crisis management including sexual misconduct issues and other highly sensitive matters. Jim is a frequent presenter at NAIS, TABS, NAIS TABS legal symposiums, and numerous regional conferences. In addition, he is a lead presenter on child protection for the Council of International Schools, a consortium of over 600 international schools throughout the world. Jim graduated from Culver Academies (IN). He was a Morehead-Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, with a degree in American Studies. In 1982, he earned his law degree at Boston College, cum laude.

    • 22 min
    Building the Future Together – The Board Chair and Head of School Partnership

    Building the Future Together – The Board Chair and Head of School Partnership

    In this episode, Dr. Jack Creeden shares how board chairs and school heads can partner effectively around critical issues such as promoting a positive board culture, onboarding new trustees, and engaging in the head of school’s evaluation. Jack is a longtime independent school leader who has written and spoken extensively on governance, strategic planning, and the relationship between the board chair and head of school. He has served as head of Fountain Valley School (CO), Providence Day School (NC), and Chadwick School (CA). An expert on cross-cultural competency and the intersection between global studies and diversity initiatives, he was also president of School Year Abroad. There he was responsible for the leadership and administration of the program’s four schools in China, France, Italy, and Spain. Early in his career, he held administrative positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Rutgers University. He chaired the NAIS Board of Trustees and was a member of the National Commission on Accreditation. Most recently, he authored the soon to be released NAIS Board Chair Handbook. He has an undergrad degree from the College of the Holy Cross and his MA and PhD from the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

    • 15 min
    Behind Closed Doors – Unlocking the Board Executive Session

    Behind Closed Doors – Unlocking the Board Executive Session

    In this episode, Dr. Cathy Trower provides behind the scenes insights of what happens during a board executive session, who on the board should be involved, and how the board chair and head of school can navigate this often complex governance issue. For over 20 years, Dr. Trower has been providing governance consulting services to nonprofit organizations that include colleges and universities, hospitals and health care systems, independent schools, foundations, and community service organizations. She has been invited to speak on the subject of governance at numerous conferences, institutes, webinars, and meetings nationwide. Dr. Trower was co-founder of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education (COACHE) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and most recently served there as a Senior Research Associate and Research Director. She has studied nonprofit board governance, and faculty employment issues, policies, and practices since 1996. In November 2013 she made the decision to transition fully to governance consulting and research, and is the president and a principal of Trower and Trower, Inc. Dr. Trower is also Chair of the BoardSource Board of Directors, and Vice Chair and Governance Committee Chair of the RiverWoods Board of Trustees.

    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

Fr. DM ,

Great counsel!

Jim has great advice for heads and boards as they navigate a crisis.

C.Met ,

Excellent

Concise overview. This podcast provides helpful reminders and clearly defines roles for board members.

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