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The Board Chair Handbook: An Essential Guide for Board Leaders at Independent Schools

  • Member: $29.99
  • Non-Member: $38.50

In a study of board chairs by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, more than half of respondents reported that they did nothing specific to prepare for their roles. The Board Chair Handbook gives independent schools the chance to remedy this situation by providing deep guidance and practical tools in one comprehensive resource.

Both informative and inspiring, The Board Chair Handbook can serve as a training tool, instruction manual, and reference source. Board chairs and school heads alike can use it to build a more productive partnership. Contents include the following:

  • Foreword by NAIS President Donna Orem
  • Understanding the Chair’s Key Leadership Responsibilities
  • Developing a Constructive Partnership With the Head of School
  • Cultivating a Positive Board Culture
  • Keeping the Board Operating Smoothly
  • Taking a Leadership Role in Member Recruitment, Orientation, and Development
  • Leading Through Critical Board Issues, Including Strategic Planning, Head Transitions, and Crises


  • NAIS Principles of Good Practice for Boards of Trustees and for Independent School Trustees
  • Duties of the Board Chair and Vice Chair
  • Sample Job Description
  • Sample Meeting Agenda
  • Sample Board Retreat Guidelines and Agenda
  • Board Self-Evaluation Instrument
  • Board Profile Grid
  • Sample Goals for a Head of School
  • Guiding Questions for Head of School Annual Evaluation
  • Board Chair Assessment
  • Sample trustee Commitment Letter
  • Three Tabletop Exercises for Board Development

This book is part of the NAIS Trustee Series, along with:

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