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The Governance Core 2.0

The Governance Core 2.0
School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together

Second Edition

August 2024 | 216 pages | Corwin

Essential strategies for school trustees and superintendents.

Addressing the urgent challenges of school leadership in our divided, post-pandemic landscape, The Governance Core 2.0 is an essential guide for school trustees and superintendents dedicated to making a meaningful difference in their districts. Davis Campbell, Michael Fullan, and Babs Kavanaugh provide useful tools and techniques to improve local governance culture, emphasizing the importance of collaboration between board members, district leaders, and school staff to support the success and wellbeing of every student. 

This thoroughly updated edition is now structured around three pillars–Governance Mindset, Governance Culture, and Governance Infrastructure–providing a comprehensive framework that addresses the core principles and responsibilities of effective school governance. Additional features include: 

  • Practical strategies for fostering collaboration, onboarding new trustees, and leading transformative change in a school district
  • New real-world examples of effective board governance
  • A board planning calendar and self-evaluation tools
  • A new “Suggestions for Implementation” section to support the application of lessons from the book

Offering guidance on developing a shared moral imperative and systems thinking and establishing clear norms and protocols, this book is a necessary resource for both new and experienced trustees, superintendents, and district leaders.

Introduction : Politics, Governance and System Improvement
Pillar I: Governance Mindset
Chapter 1: Moral Imperative and the Governance Core
Chapter 2: Governance Mindset
Chapter 3: Governance Mindset in Action
Chapter 4: Onboarding New Trustees
Pillar II: Governance Culture
Chapter 5: Coherence and Synergy
Chapter 6: The Governance Job
Pillar III: Governance Infrastructure
Chapter 7: Governance Infrastructure
Chapter 8: Governance Tools
Conclusion: The Paths Forward

Davis W. Campbell

Davis Campbell is the former Executive Director of the California School Boards Association and is Chair of the University of California Davis, School of Education Advisory Board and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Applied Policy in Education. Campbell has a deep and broad background in public education. He served for 12 years in the California Department of Education, serving six of those as Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction in charge of all education programs. In 1988 he was appointed Executive Director of the California School Boards Association, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2001. He has also served... More About Author

Michael Fullan

Michael Fullan served as Premier Dalton McGuinty’s Special Policy Adviser in Ontario from 2003-2013. He received the Order of Canada (OC) in December 2012 and holds five honorary doctorates from universities around the world. His ‘interim autobiography’, Surreal Change, covers his work to 2018. Michael and his colleagues are now working diligently on field-based comprehensive system change in several countries. This work operates under the umbrella of what they call the ‘shared humanity paradigm’ —Equity, Engagement, Excellence--Deep change that integrates local (school and community), middle (district/regional), and state (policy)... More About Author

Babs Kavanaugh

Babs Kavanaugh has a diverse management background. She has over thirty years’ experience in organizational development. Her professional background includes: governance consultant and trainer; human resource director; marketing director; community health center executive director; and small business owner. Babs began her consulting career in the U.S. health care system in 1992, focusing on community-based primary health care services, as executive director of a rural community health center in Point Reyes CA. In 1999 Babs expanded her focus into the education system, joining the staff of the California School Boards Association (CSBA), as... More About Author