Board Development

Claremont Consulting guides boards to enhance their effectiveness, helping them improve:

  • The quality and productivity of their meetings,
  • Membership and structure of their board and committees,
  • Oversight and development of their leaders, and
  • Efficacy of their decision-making processes.

This is what board members and leaders are saying about Claremont Consulting’s Board Development services:

“In a remarkably short period of time, LIFT Boston benefited greatly from John’s guidance. Our Boston Regional Board now has a sharper focus and will be more productive than ever since roles and responsibilities are now clearly articulated and understood by all.” - Maicharia Weir, Executive Director, LIFT Boston

"When the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education required the board of our charter school to be restructured, John Tarvin was engaged by our school to lead the search for new board members. John brought a field of candidates with pertinent and varied backgrounds to the exiting board for vote, trained the new board, and remained a partner throughout the first challenging year. John is extremely knowledgeable in board training best practices and is well respected in the MA public school circle. Our school is on a dramatically new and successful path, in good part due to the functioning board John helped put together." Carol Bailey, Former Board Chair, Lowell Community

Conflict Resolution & Mediation

Tensions and conflicts can arise in any complex organization, temporarily setting an organization and its staff adrift and negatively impacting overall effectiveness. Claremont Consulting can provide the outside perspective and practiced approach necessary to:

  • Resolve new or long-standing conflicts and
  • Quickly help an organization get back on track.

Here’s what board members are saying about Claremont Consulting’s Conflict Resolution and Mediation services:

“John Tarvin's engagement with our school transcended strategic planning or board coaching and helped us come to better-understand what our school was really about. From there, we worked to refine its direction in a way that aligned our approach to governance with the school's historical strengths, while still ensuring a vision for the future was at the forefront. This did not occur without long hours, and the work wasn't easy, but when others would have run from the challenge, John rolled up his sleeves and saw the work through to a meaningful conclusion." - Bill Bogdonavich, Former Board Member, Cape Cod Lighthouse Charter School

Organizational Restructuring

Typically, in combination with a program evaluation or a comprehensive school review, Claremont Consulting works with organizations to:

  • Develop a more coherent, efficient, and effective organizational structure.

Here’s what organizations are saying about Claremont Consulting’s Organizational Restructuring services:

“As a result of an insightful and comprehensive school review conducted by John and his team of consultants, our K-12 school adopted a dynamic new management structure, allowing us to efficiently allocate our human resources to maximize student achievement and invigorate the school culture.” - Mark Logan, Executive Director, Foxborough Regional Charter School

Program Evaluation

Claremont Consulting evaluates programs:

  • Validating outstanding quality and
  • Offering a targeted course of action to improve less-effective programs.

Here’s what organizations are saying about Claremont Consulting’s Program Evaluation services:

“Prospect Hill worked with John Tarvin on two occasions. The end product was professionally prepared and reflected both the insight of a seasoned manager, as well as the knowledge of an experienced consultant to the education sector.” - Michael O'Donnell, COO, Prospect Hill Academy

School Culture Reviews

Claremont Consulting has conducted comprehensive school culture reviews at many schools, providing each one with:

  • An independent, thoughtful, and comprehensive analysis and
  • Solutions to the complex cultural, instructional, governance, and leadership issues that can arise at any institution.

Here’s what organizations are saying about Claremont Consulting’s School Culture Review services:

“Our work with John Tarvin was invaluable. He assembled and led an exceptional team of consultants with varying areas of expertise to provide us with a holistic perspective on our school. Immediately, John established a trusting relationship with our board and me, which allowed us to work collaboratively to establish the right priorities for dramatically raising student achievement. The results were tremendous! Before we worked with John, we were facing potential closure by the state. Now, we have been recognized locally, statewide, and nationally for the gains our students make each year. It is wonderful to see our collective efforts pay off!" - Julia Bowen, Executive Director, BArT

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