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The Governance Core
School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together

First Edition
  • Davis Campbell - University of California (UC)-Davis, USA, DCAssociares
  • Michael Fullan - Michael Fullan Enterprises Inc., Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, Canada

Forewords by Frank Pugh and John Malloy



April 2019 | 192 pages | Corwin

Working together for excellence for all children 

As our society faces daunting and evolving challenges, education might well be the social institution that offers the most hope and opportunity for change. Overloaded with multiple, diverse issues, however, where do educational leaders even begin? 

Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan believe efficacy must be achieved with a systems focus. The Governance Core provides strategies and tools for board members, superintendents and school leaders to unify and face the complex challenges of school governance together. Practical and authentic, the Governance Core is based upon:

  • A governance mindset
  • A shared moral imperative
  • A unified, cohesive governance system  
  • A commitment to system-wide coherence 
  • A focus on continuous improvement in the district 

Essential for local education governance – school boards in collaboration with district and school leadership – this guide will help you operate at the highest levels of effectiveness.

Key features

Fig 1.1 The Governance Core – offers the infrastructure needed for effective work

Throughout the book readers will find clear guidelines and tips for governance, real-world examples, and cases from the field.

2 Forewords – 1 from a prominent national  School Board official / 1 from a prominent Superintendent


Great authorship- Michael Fullan, the leading education change expert and Davis Campbell, along time district leaders, school board leader and organization leader.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1


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ISBN: 9781544344331
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