Policy Council and Board of Directors Training: Engaging your Governance Team

As you plan your Policy Council or Board of Directors training, I’m sure that it will include training topics such as roles and responsibilities, performance standards and leadership opportunities. Also consider including topics that are targeted specifically to engage your Policy Council and Board of Directors to be truly invested in your Head Start program. The items below are geared towards creating this engagement.   

  • The history and vision of Head Start – Just as it’s important for staff to be familiar with the history of Head Start, it’s essential for your Policy Council and Board of Directors to be familiar with it as well. Knowing where Head Start came from and where it’s going is critical information as they provide governing duties to your program. In addition to the history of Head Start, the mission, vision and guiding principles of Head Start is valuable information to share as well. 
  • A strong partnership with the Management Team - It’s essential that your Policy Council and Board of Directors receive training on the value that comes from a strong partnership with the Management Team. Good communication, transparency and trust are key components to creating a successful partnership. A strong partnership will result in a system of effective and efficient governance of the Head Start program.   
  • Making an impact – It’s often helpful to begin with the end in mind. Talk with your Policy Council and Board of Directors about what they would like to achieve for your Head Start program while they are a part of the governing body. The possibilities are endless! This will show your Policy Council and Board of Directors the tremendous value that they bring to your agency. Policy Council and Board members can leave a lasting impact on the program for many years to come. 

Looking for highly interactive and engaging training for your Policy Council or Board of Directors? Give us a call at (713) 594-7060 or email us at deborahkaiser@hsessentials.com.