Coaching

1:1 Board Chair Coaching and Consultation

A Prizmah coach will consult with your board chair or lead board member on a regular basis to provide guidance and create a space to access knowledge, connect with the resources they need, work through key decisions, and reflect on best practices for independent school governance. Board chairs often encounter difficult situations and coaching facilitates a space to work through those challenges in a way that is constructive and ultimately enhances the board’s capacity to lead. Opportunities are for weekly, bi-weekly or monthly engagements.

The Constructive Partnership: Lay-Head of School Coaching

Prizmah’s research with day schools has shown that the success of a school is enhanced by a strong relationship between the head of school and board chair. This partnership is crucial to both successful school governance and a thriving school.  When lay and professional leaders develop relationships built on trust, strong communication, and collaboration and are committed to working in partnership with one another the alignment is evident, felt, and seen by all stakeholders.  A Prizmah coach will work with your head of school and board chair, in partnership, to strengthen this foundational relationship. Opportunities are for weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly engagements.

Board Training Opportunities

A thriving Jewish day school depends on sophisticated and effective governance. Your board works to ensure the school's future. Just as your administration and faculty benefit from professional development, nurturing the growth of your lay leaders will increase their ability to effectively govern the school.

Prizmah’s governance consultants have extensive knowledge of Jewish day schools and understand their unique organizational needs. Our team is also certified by BoardSource, the leading organization in nonprofit governance, and are equipped with deep experience and knowledge of leading practices to help your school thrive. 

Prizmah offers a variety of options to meet the governance needs of your school board. Engagements include:

  • Planning and facilitating board retreats
  • Board Orientation 
  • Ongoing or one-time trainings on a variety of governance topics, including:
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Strong committees
    • Board’s role in development
    • Basics of strategic planning
  • Board Self Assessment

No two schools are completely alike, which is why we are committed to customizing work to accommodate your school's specific reality and budget.

Contact Traci Stratford at tracis@prizmah.org for more information and to develop the right governance training for your school.