How to Plan Your Charter School Board Retreat

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Run a successful board retreat (even remotely). Prepare a retreat that drives results. Hear our experts answer your peers' questions.


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Meet Your Experts

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Mike Mizzoni, 
Chief Governance Officer, BoardOnTrack

Mike joined the BoardOnTrack team with professional experience in higher education, board governance, law, and state and local politics. 

Mike began his career as a Legislative Aide at the Massachusetts State House while attending law school full-time. Later, at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, he served as the Director of Trustee and Community Relations and formerly as Deputy General Counsel. 

In addition to his professional experience, Mike’s volunteer experience includes serving as Vice-Chair of the Town of Littleton School Committee, and trustee on the Board of Directors of the Freedom Summer Collegiate, an education non-profit that he co-founded. He’s also an active member of the UMass Lowell Young Alumni Council.

A proud graduate of both the University of Massachusetts Lowell and New England Law Boston, Mike currently lives in Littleton. While not working, he 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.

This session will teach charter school board members, CEOs, and staff how to:

  • Understand the value of an annual board retreat
  • Plan your board’s retreat and agenda
  • Prepare for your retreat by assessing your board
  • Drive board goals and accountability through your retreat

Plus, you'll get answers to the most common questions (and your questions!)