Transformative Boards for the 21st Century

A Comprehensive Guide to Governing Your Private School | taught by Charles T. Evans

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Transformative Boards for the 21st Century

Your private school is a uniquely valuable enterprise that relies on effective leadership to fulfill its mission, navigate the educational marketplace, and anticipate a sustainable, prosperous future.

Over more than a decade of guiding dozens of private school boards through strategic initiatives, financial overhauls, program expansions, and training in basic governing principles, Chuck Evans has distilled the essential knowledge that exceptional boards need into six concise training modules. The dynamic presentations are filled with anecdotes, humor, and practical advice on serving any school's mission well.

The training modules can be viewed by a full board as a collective professional development exercise or individually by board members at their convenience. Modules are also subdivided with graphics and topical breaks so that shorter pieces can be used as discussion starters.

Moving beyond the typical "here are the rules that boards should follow," Transformative Boards orients board members to the unique institutional characteristics of private schools that contribute to both the rewards and the complexities of board service.

Module 1--Understanding the Private School Enterprise gives board members a broader cultural and economic understanding of how schools work.

Module 2--What Great Boards Contribute provides a rubric by which boards can evaluate their effectiveness based on the positive impact of their work on a school's mission, community, leadership and vision.

Module 3--The Effects of Board Dysfunction describes the common results of distracted or undisciplined boards on their work patterns, relationships within the school, the confidence of parents and donors, and a school's future prospects.

Module 4--Board Culture: Patterns of Doing the Best Things outlines ways in which boards can organize their work to become more decisive, efficient, and attractive to capable potential board members.

Module 5--Being a Pro-active Board Member orients individual board members to habits and priorities that will aid in maximizing his or her service.

Module 6--Evaluating Effectiveness wraps it all up by suggesting a set of clear, concise, measurable criteria that will help boards maintain strategic vision and optimal outcomes for their work.

We have designed this course as a cost-effective, re-usable resource to train, orient, and re-orient private school boards and their members. Your subscription is based on a one-time fee and unlimited access for a year. Upon subscribing, your school's representative contact will receive a unique access code which can be distributed to your board members.

Please contact us at or 512.289.1010 with any questions or for any assistance we can provide!

Charles T. Evans
Charles T. Evans
Senior Partner

Charles T. Evans is the founder and Senior Partner of BetterSchools, LLC. He has worked in independent schools for more than twenty-five years, leading schools in Virginia, North Carolina, and Texas.

Since 2006, Chuck has provided strategic consulting and professional development for dozens of independent, parochial, and public charter schools. Through his writing and popular seminars on school finance, Chuck has emerged as a thought leader in independent schools on the topics of financial sustainability, effective leadership, and the private school marketplace.

BetterSchools consultants passionately assist private schools in strengthening their value propositions, improving their institutional competitiveness, and extending their influence in larger conversations about the shape of education in North America.

Alongside his consulting, Chuck teaches in the graduate school at Peabody College/Vanderbilt University. As adjunct instructor of higher education in the Department of Leadership, Policy and Organizations, he leads a course on Advanced School Finance for Independent Schools.

The former Executive Director of the Texas Private Schools Association, Chuck has worked as a lobbyist, advocating in the Texas state legislature on private school issues. He is also a former member of the State CAPE Network of state-wide political advocates and has worked as a state certified mediator.

Chuck is the co-author with Robert Littlejohn of Wisdom and Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning (Crossway 2006), and he contributed a chapter to a recent work on Christian schooling entitled Building a Better School: Essays on Exemplary Christian School Leadership (Paideia 2012).

Most recently, Chuck collaborated as a co-founder of the Council on Educational Standards and Accountability.

Originally from the Washington, D.C. area, he lives in Austin, Texas.

Please contact BetterSchools, LLC with any questions or comments about these videos. We would also be pleased to discuss your school's strategic, financial planning, or major fundraising needs.

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