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Chief Governance Officer, BoardOnTrack
Mike brings a wealth of experience to his role as BoardOnTrack’s Chief Governance Officer. Prior to joining the BoardOnTrack team 5 years ago, Mike worked for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, where he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. In addition to his professional experience, Mike volunteers for a variety of organizations. He has served as the Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded, and as an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni Council.
Mike currently lives in Littleton, Massachusetts, and is a proud graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England Law Boston. While not working, Mike enjoys playing soccer, volleyball, traveling, and spending time outside with his French Bulldog, Charlie!
Rachel Ksenyak, Senior Governance Coach, BoardOnTrack
Rachel is an experienced education leader specializing in charter school start-up, authorizing, strategy, program development, and human capital.
Prior to joining BoardOnTrack, Rachel served in a variety of leadership roles across the ed reform sector.
She was the Senior Director of Talent for STRIVE Prep, a Denver-based charter network, the Director of Authorizer Development for the National Association of Charter School Authorizers, and the Senior Director of Recruitment and Selection for the Chicago Public Schools, Office of New Schools. Rachel also developed her own consulting practice, giving her the opportunity to work with hundreds of schools and school systems across the country.
An avid volunteer, Rachel taught middle and high school English in Monteverde, Costa Rica. She’s also a founding board member and current board secretary of 5280 High School, a Denver-based charter school that serves teens in recovery from addiction.
Rachel earned an MEd in educational leadership from the Broad Residency in Urban Education, an MA in the social sciences from the University of Chicago, and a BFA in dance from Ohio University. She lives in Denver, CO with her husband, two daughters, and their dog Murry.
Charter school board members and staff spend a lot of time in meetings.
That’s where the rubber meets the road, and the actual work happens.
But let’s face it….many meetings aren’t well planned and don’t harness all the collective wisdom around the table.
Great meetings start with great agendas.
This informal Q&A session will cover:
What does a good meeting agenda look like?
Who creates the agenda, and who gets to weigh in?
What to do if you think something shouldn't be on the agenda?
What is a consent agenda, and do you actually need it? Pros and cons?
What should staff be doing vs the board leadership?
We will also cover some of the most common mistakes people make when creating an agenda, and teach you how to avoid them.