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School Board Talk!: The Art of Effective Communication

School Board Talk!: The Art of Effective Communication

ISBN: 978-0-787-97912-6

Apr 2005, Jossey-Bass

144 pages

Select type: Paperback

$19.95

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Description

School Board Talk! provides simple and practical advice to help local board members develop and improve communication skills, survive in political office, and make a difference in education. The authors, Cheli Cerra and Ruth Jacoby, have identified over 50 situations and provided tips, strategies, and advice for handling each of them. Are you concerned about:
  • Casting the lone “no” vote and surviving?
  • Keeping your family in your fan club?
  • Building a school board team?
  • Handling constituent calls?
  • Conquering the memo mountain?

If you answered yes, then School Board Talk! is the book you need. The book provides both aspiring and veteran school board members practical answers to a host of complex school district situations.

 

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How to Use This Book.

Prelude: The Genesis of School Boards Introduction.

Chapter One: Board Panache.

Chapter Two: Peer Points: Building Board Relationships.

Chapter Three: Heart Healthy Relationships: Keeping Families and Friends Close.

Chapter Four: The Parent Connection.

Chapter Five: Staff Stuff: Working With Principals, Administrators, and Teachers.

Chapter Six: Money Matters: Dealing With Budget Decisions.

Chapter Seven: Constituents’ Capers: Handling Those Special Cases.

Chapter Eight: Community Challenges: Keeping Your Hometown on Your Side.

Epilogue.

Share Your Snapshots.

Appendix A: Toolkit for Success.

Appendix B: Acronyms: Interpreting School Lingo.

Appendix C: Bringing the Art of Communication to You.

About the Authors.

1. Provides simple and practical advice to help board members develop and improve communication skills, survive in political office, and make a difference in education.

2. Gives 50 clear suggestions, tips, strategies, and advice for troubleshooting early and long-term challenges while in office.

3. Addresses topics such as: casting the lone “no” vote and surviving, keeping your family in your fan club, building a school board team, handling constituent calls, and conquering the email and memo mountain.

4. For both the aspiring and the veteran school board members, this books offers practical answers to a host of complex school district situations.