November Workshop Invitation

School Governance:  Different models and perspectives

Date:   November 10, 2012

Time:   10-12 noon

Location:  Community meeting room at Calgary Coop (Midtown Market 1130 – 11 Avenue SW)

Who this workshop is for: 

  • This program is for any Calgarian with a passion for education who aspires to be the change in their educational community.  If you are considering becoming involved on a parent council, or wish to develop your effectiveness as a council member, or running for elected office as a trustee, this program is for you.


  • Advance a shared understanding of governance  and  provide participants with an overview of different governance models
  • Examine key components and strategies of CBE’s “coherent governance” model
  • Identify principles and approaches for effective practice.
  • To identify our individual philosophy and approach for effective practices in governing


10 am:             Welcome & introductions:   Robert Hurdman

10:15 am:          Panel:  Facilitated by Julie Kearns

  • Best practices in school governance.  Dale Hudjik, governance consultant
  • CBE’s new  “Coherent Governance” model.   Carol Bazinet, CBE trustee
  • Managing under corporate governance.  Geoff Shorten, COO of WesternOne

10:45 am:          Questions & Discussion

  • What is the link between good governance and effectiveness in education systems?
  • What is the role of the chairperson in ensuring successful boards?
  • What is the role of parent councils and other stakeholders in board governance?
  • What strategies are needed to avoid board meritocracy?

11:30 am:          Summary of emerging themes

11:45 am           How do we gain governance skills?

12:00                Adjourn

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