Board Resources

One of the hallmarks of quality boards is that they continue to invest in their own education and development. GVSU provides training opportunities to board members throughout the school year.

To qualify for academic grant funds, every board member must complete at least 2 hours of training each year.  New board members will need an additional 3 hours of training their first year as a board member. Please work with your field representative to set up your training.

Connecting school communities with resources is an important priority for Grand Valley State University. It is our belief that learning should be a life-long pursuit, particularly for those that work in and around schools. The resources below are a collection of learning opportunities geared toward charter school board members so that they may investigate comparison data, legal information, and other resources for public schools in Michigan.

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Online primer on School Finance offered by the Mackinac Center


School District Revenues/Expenditures offered by the Mackinac Center


High Performance in High Poverty Schools: 90-90-90 and Beyond by Douglas Reeves

Board Member Responsibility Calendar by Patrick Sweeney

Audit Highlights by Patrick Sweeney

How to Market Your Charter School Like a Pro by Penny Davis

Let's Do the Numbers: Seven Practices for Sound Fiscal Management of Charter Schools by Brian Carpenter

No More Nailing Jell-o to Walls: Strategic Planning Made Clear for the Charter School Sector by Brian Carpenter

The 232 Point Inspection: Examining Charter School Quality in Michigan by Stephanie Van Koevering

The Seven Outs: A Strategic Planning Model to Move Your School From Good to Great by Brian Carpenter

The Five Dysfunctions of Charter School Boards by Brian Carpenter

The Smithsonian Governance Debacle: Ten Lessons Charter School Boards Can Learn At Someone Else’s Expense by Brian Carpenter

The Good, the Bad, and the Unscientific by Brian Carpenter

The Distinguish Dozen by Ed Richardson


Becoming A Better Board Member - A Guide to Effective School Board Service by National School Boards Association, Virginia (Added: January 2011)

The Key Work of School Boards (Guidbook) by Katheryn Gemberling, Carl Smith, and Joseph Villani (Added: January 2011)

It's Being Done by Karin Chenoweth (Added: January 2011)

How It's Being Done - Urgent Lessons From Unexpected Schools by Karin Chenoweth (Added: January 2011)

Inside School Turnarounds by Laura Pappano (Added: January 2011)

The Quick Guide to School District Financial Statements by Dean Michael Mead (Added: January 2011)

What You Should Know about Your School District's Finances by Dean Michael Mead (Added: January 2011)

Promoting Your School (2nd Edition) by Carolyn Warner

How to Market Your School by Johanna M. Lockhart

A Teacher Quality Primer: For Michigan School Officials, State Policymakers, Media and Residents By Marc J. Holley. 

Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards By Richard Chait.

Annual Growth for All Students, Catch-Up Growth for Those Who Are Behind By Lynn Fielding.

A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers will Rule the Future By Daniel H. Pink. 

The Seven Outs: Strategic Planning Made Easy for Charter Schools By Brian Carpenter. 

It’s Your Ship: Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy  By Captain D. Michael Abrashoff. 

Closing the Achievement Gap: No Excuses  By Patricia Davenport and Gerald Anderson. 

The Church, the State, and the Schools: Contemporary Issues in Law and Policy  By Charles Vergon

Teaching the Elephant to Dance:  The Manager’s Guide to Empowering Change By James Belasco. 

In Search of Excellence: Lessons form America’s Best-Run Companies  By Thomas Peters and Robert Waterman. 

Schools Without Failure By William Glasser

Excellence  By John Gardner

Future Edge:  Discovering  the New Paradigms of Succes by Joel Barker

Back to Basics by Burton Pines 

Achieving Excellence in Our Schools By James Lewis, Jr. 

Smart Schools, Smart Kids  By Edward Fiske. 

Schools for the 21st Century  By Phillip Schlechty. 

Schools of Thought: How the Politics of Literacy Shape Thinking in the Classroom By Rexford Brown. 

Public School Law: Teachers’ and Students’ Rights By Martha McCarthy.

Charter School Board University: An Introductory Course to Effective Charter School Board Governance  (1st & 2nd Editions) By Brian Carpenter

Boards That Make a Difference: A New Design for Leadership in Nonprofit and Public Organizations by John Carver

Reinventing Your Board: A Step-by-Step Guide to Implementing Policy Governance by John Carver and miriam Carver

The Board Member's Playbook: Using Policy Governance to Solve Problems, Make Dicisions, and Build a Stronger Board by Miriam Carver and Bill Charney

Charter Schools Trustees Guide by Marci Cornell-Feist

The Essential School Board Book: Better Governance in The Age of Accountality by Nancy Walser


Evaluating CEO and Board Performance by John Carver and Miriam Carver

Implementing Policy Governance and Staying on Track by John Carver and Miriam Carver

The Governance of Financial Management by John Carver and Miriam Carver

Adjacent Leadership Roles: CGO and CEO by John Carver and Miriam Carver

The Policy Governance Model and the Role of the Board Member by John Carver and Miriam Carver

Ends and the Ownership by John Carver and Miriam Carver


Board Policy Drafting Services Memorandum


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