KSBA Book Study

KSBA Book Study


KSBA would like to provide its members and superintendents with a summer reading opportunity. For those interested in participating, KSBA will offer a guided book study of “The Governance Core; School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together,” by Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan.

There is no shortage of books offering insights on leadership and management, but you would be hard pressed to find similar resources catered specifically to school boards. Former National School Boards Association President Frank Pugh refers to “The Governance Core” as “the first book that captures not only the nature of the challengers but also the characteristics of highly successful school board trustees and superintendents working together.” Taking a topical approach to the critical relationship between the board team and superintendent, this 2019 publication devotes thoughtful attention to concepts like:
  • Shared moral imperative.
  • Five major themes of good governance.
  • Strategic focus.
  • Governance styles.
  • Stewardship and support.

What can I expect from the guided book study?
This comfortably paced study will devote one week to each of the book’s nine chapters (approximately 20 pages per chapter). The study will begin Monday, July 8 and run through mid-September. Each week, participants will receive an email offering thoughts and a poll question pertaining to the scheduled chapter.

It's not too late to register! Even though the book study is already under way, you may still register. You will receive information on how to access the eblasts from previous weeks/chapters. This will allow you to catch up to the current chapter. 

Toward the end of the study, KSBA will hold a live online discussion during which KSBA staff will highlight major themes from the book. Following the study, we will ask participants to take part in an optional book review, briefly summarizing your takeaways and insights. KSBA will use pieces of the reviews in our upcoming publications. One lucky reviewer may be invited to share his/her thoughts from the podium during an event or in one of our publications.

School board members who participate in the study will earn two hours of elective training credit.  

To register for this book study, click the "Register for book study" button below. You will be redirected to an easy online form.   


Participants will be responsible for purchasing the book. Copies may be purchased on AmazonBarnes & Noble or through Sage Publishing. You may always work with your local book store to order the text.

Book information:
The Governance Core: School Boards, Superintendents, and Schools Working Together (First Edition) by Davis Campbell and Michael Fullan
©2019 by Corwin (A SAGE Company)
ISBN: 9781544344331

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