The structures for governance in AISA member schools are varied, transitions are frequent and trustees often lack experience in the governance role. AISA school heads and school Boards may have limited access to support mechanisms and professional learning opportunities that would assist their work. Often the infrastructure is challenging, and the operating environment can be unstable or unclear. Student learning and school effectiveness are at risk when the Board and school leaders change often or lack experience in their roles. In such an environment, the Board and school Heads must quickly learn to plan and work together, developing a relationship based on trust and understanding of their mutually supportive leadership roles.
Understanding that good governance is an essential part of school effectiveness, the AISA Board made a commitment to providing support to school leaders in this area. Thus, AISA developed the Code of Governance as well as providing a number of learning opportunities through our Institutes and Conferences.
The AISA Code of Governance
AISA’s Code of Governance addresses the basics, such as roles and responsibilities and fulfilling fiduciary requirements of school boards. These indicators are divided into seven domain areas:
- Clear Roles & Responsibilities
- Fiduciary Responsibilities
- Effective Governance
- Boards as Strategists and Visionaries
- Sustaining the Head of School
- Conducting the Business of the Board
- Board Oversight of School Success