The Center for Board Behavior Reform
Transforming personalities, politics, and power struggles into real, measurable, and positive school board meetings.
Your school board is charged with creating and effectively maintaining educational systems that positively impact the lives of children. Yet, some school board meetings resemble a circus. Challenging personalities, misguided politics, and hidden agendas become the standard of operation. We know that board members hold the key to better schools and quality education. Bottom-line, school boards and board members determine the success, or failure, of a school system.
Billions of training dollars are spent on education each year in this country in vain. This money is spent on teacher and administrator training, but what we fail to realize is if boards and superintendents don't work as teams, we never realize the fruits of our investment. If quality doesn't happen at the top, it won't happen at the bottom.
There is this huge disconnect between the school boards and superintendents. Teacher and principal turnover is directly attributed to turmoil at the top. The fact is, great teachers and administrators leave low performing school systems. Systems are scratching their heads wondering why they can't attract and keep good teachers and administrators, well all they have to do is look in the mirror.
Some board meetings are a circus. Personalities, politics, and hidden agendas become the standard of operation. Boards are now getting in the crosshairs in the accountability movement, which should have taken place a long time ago. Whether you agree or not, the school board is the group that determines the fate of the district. Many times, boards actually hinder and become barriers to the success of a system. Boards hold power in the districts.
The CBBR was created as a result of ground-breaking research by Dr. David E. Lee at The University of Southern Mississippi. "Our research team has observed over 200 school board meetings nationwide to see how boards operated in both high, and low, performing school systems, and there was a huge difference in the way they conducted business," said Dr. Lee.
A national training model was developed based on the results of this research. Great boards do similar things, and unfortunately, so do poor performing boards. When boards behave badly, nothing good happens. Just as we can learn from the high performing boards, we can do the same from low performing boards. The Center for Board Behavior Reform provides the most unique training in the country based on behavior change.
The Center for Board Behavior Reform (CBBR) was created to provide unique training to superintendents and school boards based on the first-of-its-kind research done by Dr. David E. Lee at The University of Southern Mississippi. This research reveals for the first time there is a direct link between school board behaviors and student achievement.
What Makes This Board Training Unique
- The format in which the training is delivered
- Constant monitoring and hand holding as the superintendent and board go through the school improvement process
- Focus is on behavioral change, the key link to enhanced board performance.
- Based on cutting edge research that links board behaviors with student achievement
- Utilizes a proprietary behavioral change model that guarantees positive board performance.
- Behavior only changes through positive reinforcement, and this training utilizes video to actually point out strengths and weaknesses of each board member
- Feedback is given to each board member regarding their behavior within 36 hours of every board meeting
- Typical training period is one year. It takes time to alter behavior, but the end result is extraordinary.
- We teach you to use inexpensive cameras to video your meetings at certain angles and directions.
- Policy development designed to get maximum results from board meetings.
- As board members become more successful, they want to experience more success. That is what we do. We make board members successful by doing things the right way.