NAIS Report on Highly Strategic Boards

This study found five key factors related to strategic effectiveness and institutional performance of NAIS schools:

  1. The number of parents on the board doesn’t determine board effectiveness;
  2. Onboarding of new board members is associated with effective boards;
  3. Boards that make good use of subcommittees for executing their work are more effective;
  4. Effective boards are positively associated with the performance of their school; and
  5. 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.