This study found five key factors related to strategic effectiveness and institutional performance of NAIS schools:
- The number of parents on the board doesn’t determine board effectiveness;
- Onboarding of new board members is associated with effective boards;
- Boards that make good use of subcommittees for executing their work are more effective;
- Effective boards are positively associated with the performance of their school; and
- Positive relationships between school heads and board chairs help boards to be more effective in their work.
Directed to school leaders, the study recommends that effective boards should consider a variety of characteristics and skills of potential new board members; build in intentional onboarding to acclimate new board members in a way that is purposeful and sustained over time; and incorporate activities that bring members together in collaborative and cooperative ways.