Kingsville • Texas A&M University—Kingsville • March 28
Wichita Falls • Region 9 Education Service Center • April 5
El Paso • Region 19 Education Service Center • April 5
Lubbock • Region 17 Education Service Center • April 17
Stephenville • Tarleton State University • April 19
Houston • Region 4 Education Service Center • April 25
Alpine • Sul Ross State University • May 8
Uvalde • Sul Ross State University—Rio Grande College • May 10
Commerce • Texas A&M University—Commerce • May 15
Nacogdoches • Stephen F. Austin State University • May 15
Victoria • Victoria College Conference & Education Center • May 16
Canyon • West Texas A&M University • May 16
Abilene • Region 14 Education Service Center • May 17
South Padre • South Padre Island Convention Center • May 18-19
Waco • Region 12 Education Service Center • May 22
Huntsville • Region 6 Education Service Center • May 23
TASB is hitting the road for
2018 Spring Workshops!
Join TASB as we travel the state, offering a variety of popular
training sessions to school board members. Check out all the
stops on TASB’s road trip and find the location closest to you.
Visit LTS.tasb.org and navigate to
Events for more information about Spring
Workshops including registration details.
personal attention. It is about individual
opinions, values, and gains. On the other
hand, good governance is not about just
one person’s opinion, ideas, or desires.
Good governance is inclusive and
Good governance looks like school
boards learning together with administrators. The foundation of eXceptional Governance is school board members collaborating with each other, their superintendent,
and other administrators. We are learning
that good governance creates collaboration
among the board and senior administrators, where they actively partner together
to support improved student achievement.
Boards, Administrators Working
School boards cannot single-handedly
improve student learning, though they are
a critical component for that. Boards have
to work together with the superintendent
and his or her instructional team to support and monitor improvement in student
outcomes. The best way to do this is to
learn together through shared learning
opportunities. This helps administrators
know and understand the intentions and
desires of the school board, while trustees
learn to recognize and support improved
learning and teaching strategies.
When trustees and superintendents
learn and work together, this improves trust
and reduces unnecessary drama among the
team. When the governance team expands
this to include senior staff, everyone gains
opportunity and capacity to support each
other’s roles and decision-making. As
the 2017 series of governance articles in
Texas Lone Star from Ivan J. Lorentzen and
William P. McCaw pointed out, through
combined growth and performance of the
board and administrative team, sustained
improvement in student learning is probable and likely to be sustained over time.
Good governance is more art than
science. It cannot be prescribed, coerced,
or manipulated. It has to be willed. When
trustees practice good governance, there
is less drama, meetings are more efficient,
and students and staff are more productive.
What does governance look like in
your district? Please contact us for more
information or to share your promising
practices at firstname.lastname@example.org.H
Phil Gore is division director of TASB Leadership Team Services.