by Nicole Nash and Judy Schoenberg
HaYidion: The Prizmah Journal on Leading Together
The Head and Board Chair Partnership: Recipe for Success
A conversation with Hannah Senesh Community Day School’s head of school Nicole Nash and board chair Judy Schoenberg.
There’s no question this year was hard on Jewish day schools. In challenging times, leadership is put to the test, and the quality of the board-head partnership has the potential to either promote resilience or compromise the school’s health. The two of us are notorious for hosting board conversations in the form of periodic “fireside chats” as a way to convey updates and engage our community. This model has been successful in bringing the most pressing issues to the fore, while sharing our dynamic partnership in an intimate way. A sample fireside chat is below.