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A School's Capacity to Evolve and Grow Starts with its Leadership

The VAIS BoardWORKS program takes an innovative approach to building knowledge and trust between the Head of School and Board members. The components of this comprehensive leadership development program build on one another to create and sustain a high-functioning Board that is well equipped to collaborate effectively with the Head of School. Like gears working together to create forward momentum, the Board and Head of School will gain the skills through BoardWORKS to set and achieve strategic goals for the future. For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.

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Offerings include:

Gearing Up, delivered on-site or online by the VAIS Executive Director, will educate your Board about the role of VAIS as an accrediting organization, and best practices for governance through the lens of the VAIS Standards for Membership. While the program can be delivered at any time during the year, it can have the greatest impact during your Board’s orientation, when your school is preparing for its accreditation visit, or as a complement to your Board’s annual self-evaluation. 

Duration: 
One-hour
Fee: $350 for VAIS members + travel expenses; $700 for non-members + travel expenses.

This program includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.


Each board member brings his or her own expertise and a wealth of knowledge to your school. But without planning, coordination, and strategic direction, individual contributions can be ineffective.The Geared for Success component of BoardWORKS is customized session delivered on-site by the Executive Director. We work with you to establish the training focus. General themes include
  • Board composition and committee structure
  • Board member responsibilities and evaluation
  • Committee reporting
  • Effective meetings that are generative through the use of a consent agenda

Duration: Two hours
Fee: $850 for VAIS members + travel expenses; $1700 for non-members + travel expenses

Geared for Success includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.


 

The partnership between the Board and Head of School is integral to the success of your school. These entities must work in tandem for your school to function effectively and achieve its strategic goals. The Working in Sync component of BoardWORKS is a customized session delivered onsite by the Executive Director or a trained facilitator. We work with you to establish the session's focus and goals. General themes include

  • Understanding the responsibilities for the Head, Board, and Administrative staff;
  • Aligning committee goals with the school's mission, the Board's goals and the strategic plan; and
  • Evaluating the Board. 

Duration: Three hours
Fee: $1500 for VAIS members + travel expenses; $3000 for non-members + travel expenses   

Working in Sync includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.


 

A school’s long-term success will be driven by a dynamic strategic plan and the strong partnership between a visionary Board of Directors and the Head of School. The planning process itself lends great insight and value into the strength of the partnership and clarity of mission. The program guides the Board through the process of collecting and analyzing data and formulating its strategic and financial plans. Geared for the Future includes

  • a three-hour interactive, customized session delivered on-site by a trained facilitator;
  • up to two hours of phone consultation for the Strategic Planning Committee; and
  • a two-hour, on-site facilitated follow-up session. 

Duration: Seven hours
Fee: $4500 + travel expenses, for VAIS members only.   

Geared for the Future includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.


 

Transitions in school leadership are inevitable. Planning for and implementing change are critical to maintaining the trust and forward movement needed for a smooth transition in leadership. The Shifting Gears component of BoardWORKS is a customized session delivered onsite by a trained facilitator. We work with you to establish the session's focus and goals. General themes include

  • communication;
  • transparency; and
  • change management.

Duration: Three hours
Fee: $1500 for VAIS members + travel expenses; $3000 for non-members + travel expenses. 

Shifting Gears includes the 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey.

For more information, please contact Betsy Johnson, VAIS Executive Director.


 

An effective and regular evaluation process is critical for measuring a board’s functioning and alignment with best practices in independent school governance. The 20/20 Board Evaluation Survey is a simple online tool that yields surprisingly powerful results with a time investment of 20 minutes or less. Board members answer 20 targeted questions, and their responses will help to quickly identify the board’s opportunities for improvement.

  • Additional questions specific to the school can be added. The first four can be added at no additional cost. 
  • Raw data will be shared with the school. 
  • The Executive Director is available to review with the Board as a whole or the Board's Executive or Governance Committee for an additional fee.

Fees: (For VAIS members only.)
$75: First time administering or raw data only. (Included with some BoardWORKS programs, as noted.)
$150: Raw Data and Summary and Trend Report (if the survey is administered for two years or more)

For more information, please contact Laura Godwin, Director of Member Services.

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Trustee time and talent are precious commodities to be cultivated with efficient and effective education. TrusteeLAB is designed to guide Boards and their Heads of School to achieve greater insight, alignment, and productivity. Featuring well-respected experts in independent school governance and leadership, the pre-recorded webinars can be used to educate Board members on current, relevant topics and to stimulate forward-thinking goal-setting.  Each webinar includes a case study with guiding questions to move you from understanding to action.

TrusteeLAB Topics

  • Cultivating Board Members: Time, Talent, and Treasure
  • Moving Your Board from Operational to Generative Functioning
  • Strategic Planning: The Ultimate Test of the Head and Board Partnership
  • Transitions in Leadership-Heads of School

Fee: Complimentary for VAIS members, $600 for non-members

For more information, please contact Joan Fargis, Director of Program Logistics and Data Management.