The Vital Role of the Academic Excellence Committee

Tune in to a quick 20-minute Q&A session with BoardOnTrack’s charter school governance experts.

~May 10th at 3pm ET~

The Vital Role of the Academic Excellence Committee

Upcoming Q&A with the Experts

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Meet Your Expert

Gina_FarfardGina Fafard
Senior Governance Coach, BoardOnTrack

Gina brings over 20 years of educational leadership experience to BoardOnTrack, having served students and families in both large urban and small suburban districts. Gina taps into her broad range of experience, from being a classroom teacher to Charter School CEO to providing governance coaching that is both practical and attainable. She believes that the key to success in growing a healthy and vibrant school or network of schools starts with its leadership. Gina helped pioneer the role of governance coach at BoardOnTrack and has twice been a BoardOnTrack Member – once serving as a CEO of a CT Charter School and the second time in Florida.

Gina holds an EdS degree, an MS degree in Ed Leadership, and a BA degree in Art. When she’s not coaching school boards, she enjoys everything outdoors, including camping, fishing, kayaking, and cycling.

About this Q&A:

Your organization exists to create great outcomes for kids. And we advocate that your board is running a multi-million-dollar public enterprise and should mostly have skills to augment those of your paid professionals. So that means most of your board members are not educators. So how is a group of busy professionals and non-educators supposed to govern effectively? One of the keys is having an outstanding Academic Excellence Committee. 

During this lively, interactive session, we will: 

  • Define the work of the Academic Excellence Committee 
  • Provide you with a job description template you can customize and make your own  
  • Talk about the role of this committee vs. the full board 
  • Clarify who makes a great academic excellence committee chair  
  • Clarify who should serve on this committee 
  • Share some sample academic excellence committee goals 
  • Discuss the governance-management line and the role of staff vs. the committee and the full board as it pertains to academic outcomes 
  • Discuss what data this committee should use to accomplish their work
  • Share some observations on the common mistakes this committee makes and how to avoid them 

In addition, we’ll make sure you leave this session with concrete action steps and access to tools to help you implement our recommendations. 


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P.S. If you want to learn more about how BoardOnTrack's membership can strengthen your governance, there will be time to chat at the end of the session.