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Superintendent evaluation is a unique process that is often neglected but critical in this era of accountability. This invaluable guide provides an overview of the entire process, including: crafting board policy, criteria for good policy and prototype policy. It identifies the unique challenges posed by the evaluation process and describes a three-tiered model of evaluation. Numerous sample forms are included to assist school districts in creating a customized evaluation protocol to enhance performance.


This is the clearest, most useful guide to parliamentary procedure, now with new information on effective and reliable procedures for nominations, elections, ballots, balloting and ballot counting.


(Fourth edition) A learning tool for the novice and a valuable refresher course for the veteran school board member. An introduction to the policies, procedures, and essential issues involved in the lay governance of the U.S. public schools.


This OSBA publication details the importance of board members in the legislative process. From working with your local legislator to a general understanding of the entire process, this book is a must for all board members. Included in the OSBA Boardmanship Series.


This publication explores the roles and responsibilities of the treasurer and the board of education. Included in the OSBA Boardmanship Series.


Reviews the roles and responsibilities of the board and the superintendent. Included in the OSBA Boardmanship Series.


Provides a basic understanding of board presidents’ responsibilities and relationships with board members and the administrative staff. Included in the OSBA Boardmanship Series.


A comprehensive discussion of all Ohio laws that define the ethical conduct of school board members and administrators. The book includes financial disclosure filing requirements, how to avoid conflicts of interest and a guide to compatibility of public offices.


If board meetings are something you simply “get through” so you can get on with your “real” work, this book is a must. Turn board meetings into productive, result-getting events that help you focus on teaching and learning to achieve district goals with support of this realistic, detailed and entertaining publication from Corwin Press.


In this handy question-and-answer format, author Gerald W. Bracey looks at nine tough questions and backs up answers with thoughtful explanations. Key issues include: interpreting educational research data; exploring and understanding tests; SAT facts and fictions; private schools versus public schools; and teacher and administrator accountability. A Corwin Press publication available through OSBA.


This publication from Corwin Press helps current and future superintendents and school board members develop an effective governance team that prioritizes quality teaching and learning. Designed for practicing and aspiring superintendents and school board members, this exceptional book relates the everyday experiences and challenges faced by this important district team.


This plain-spoken, highly readable book is an indispensable resource for school board members, superintendents and senior administrators who are committed to strong school board leadership and solid board-superintendent partnerships. Not an abstract, theoretical work on public school governance, it is filled with practical, tested, down-to-earth guidance you can immediately use in your school district.