Board Education

 

A School's Capacity to Evolve and Grow Starts with its Leadership

The VAIS BoardWORKS program takes an innovative approach to building knowledge and trust between your Head of School and Board members. The seven components of this comprehensive leadership development program build on one another to create and sustain a high-functioning Board that is well equipped to collaborate effectively with the Head of School. Like gears working together to create forward momentum, the Board and Head of School will gain the skills through BoardWORKS to set and achieve strategic goals for the future.

Offerings include:

This one-hour program, Gearing Up, delivered on-site or online by the VAIS Executive Director, will educate your Board about the role of VAIS as an accrediting organization, and best practices for governance through the lens of the VAIS Standards for Membership.

While the program can be delivered at any time during the year, it can have the greatest impact during your Board’s orientation, when your school is preparing for its accreditation visit, or as a complement to your Board’s annual self-evaluation. 

Fee: $250 for VAIS members; $500 for non-members. This program includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

To complete an application for Gearing Upplease click here.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson.


Each board member brings his or her own expertise and a wealth of knowledge to your school. But without planning, coordination, and strategic direction, individual contributions can be ineffective.The Geared for Success component of BoardWORKS is a two-hour interactive, customized session delivered on-site by the Executive Director. We work with you to establish the training focus. General themes include Board composition and committee structure, committee goal setting and reporting, effective meetings, and Board member responsibilities and evaluation.


Fee: $750 for VAIS members; $1500 for non-members. Geared for Success includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation survey.

To complete an application for Geared for Success, please click here.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson.


 

The partnership between the Board and Head of School is integral to the success of your school. These entities must work in tandem for your school to function effectively and achieve its strategic goals.The Working in Sync component of BoardWORKS is a three-hour interactive, customized session delivered onsite by a trained facilitator. We work with you to establish the session's focus and goals. General themes include mission-driven goal-setting, communication, collaboration, and evaluation of the Board and Head of School, and separation of responsibilities for the Head, Board, and Administrative staff.

Fee: $1500 for VAIS members; $3000 for non-members.   Working in Sync includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

To complete an application for Working in Sync, please click here.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson.


 

A school’s long-term success will be driven by a dynamic strategic plan and the strong partnership between a visionary Board of Directors and the Head of School. The planning process itself lends great insight and value into the strength of the partnership and clarity of mission.

Geared for the Future includes a three-hour interactive, customized session delivered on-site by a trained facilitator; up to two hours of phone consultation for the Strategic Planning Committee; and a two-hour, on-site facilitated follow-up session. The program guides the Board through the process of collecting and analyzing data and formulating its strategic and financial plans.

Fee: $4000, for VAIS members only.   

Geared for the Future includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

To complete an application for Geared for the Future, please click here.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson.


 

Transitions in school leadership are inevitable. Planning for and implementing change are critical to maintaining the trust and forward movement needed for a smooth transition in leadership.

The Shifting Gears component of BoardWORKS is a three-hour interactive, customized session delivered onsite by a trained facilitator. We work with you to establish the session's focus and goals. General themes include communication, transparency, and change management.

Fee: $1500 for VAIS members; $3000 for non-members.  Shifting Gears includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

To complete an application for Shifting Gears, please click here.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson.


 

An effective and regular evaluation process is critical for measuring a board’s functioning and alignment with best practices in independent school governance. The 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey is a simple online tool that yields surprisingly powerful results with a time investment of 20 minutes or less. Board members answer 20 targeted questions, and their responses will help to quickly identify the board’s opportunities for improvement.

  • Additional questions specific to the school can be added. The first four can be added at no additional cost. 
  • Raw data will be shared with the school. 
  • The Executive Director is available to review with the Board as a whole or the Board's Executive or Governance Committee for an additional fee.

Fees: (For VAIS members only.)
$75: First time administering or raw data only. (Included with some BoardWORKS programs, as noted.)
$150: Raw Data and Summary and Trend Report (if the survey is administered for two years or more)

For more information, please contact Laura Godwin.

REGISTER HERE for 20/20 Survey

Trustee time and talent are precious commodities to be cultivated with efficient and effective education. TrusteeLAB is designed to guide Boards and their Heads of School to achieve greater insight, alignment, and productivity. Featuring well-respected experts in independent school governance and leadership, the pre-recorded webinars can be used to educate Board members on current, relevant topics and to stimulate forward-thinking goal-setting.  Each webinar includes a case study with guiding questions to move you from understanding to action.

TrusteeLAB Topics

  • Cultivating Board Members: Time, Talent, and Treasure
  • Moving Your Board from Operational to Generative Functioning
  • Strategic Planning: The Ultimate Test of the Head and Board Partnership
  • Transitions in Leadership-Heads of School

Fee: Complimentary for VAIS members, $600 for non-members

For more information, please contact Joan Fargis.