Organizational Research for Change

Educators are highly familiar with research. Research helps us become better teachers and leaders, and expands the boundaries of our knowledge. Also, research can drive change. It is impressive how quickly people, particularly educators, adapt to change they believe in. Given that, why might educators resist change? First, they might not understand the reason for […]

Leadership Development is Priority One

As part of the Evidence-Based Leadership framework, we recommend that superintendents hold Leadership Development Institutes (LDIs) to develop all leaders and to engage teams of leaders to plan the curriculum. The Janesville School District of Janesville, Wisconsin, under the leadership of Superintendent Karen Schulte, committed to holding four LDIs each year. The LDIs are planned […]

Feedback: “Are there any questions?”

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Arlington Independent School District Superintendent in Arlington, Texas, exemplifies commitment to fostering transparent and open communication with leaders, teachers, and staff. During their monthly and quarterly meetings, Dr. Cavazos communicates key information to staff in an uncommon way. In each session, he presents key information and data, and connects strongly back to […]

Questions every leader should be asking

Rounding is key to the success of an organization. Here are four questions leaders need to be asking employees now: What’s working well? Do you have the resources to do your job? Is there anything that we could do better? Are there any individuals who have been especially helpful to you whom I could recognize? […]

Communication is key to rounding

Principle 8 of the Nine Principles, Communicate at All Levels, falls under leadership development. Communication is a big part of the skill set leaders need in order to achieve results. Why? Because communication connects the dots for people- it ties all other principles together. When leaders build their communication skills, employees are aware of the organization’s […]

The Power of Rounding With Teachers

A Principal Practices Rounding with Teachers Dr. Reggie Lipnick is a middle school principal in the Escambia County School District in Pensacola, Florida. In one of her first school leadership positions, she made rounding with teachers one of her top priorities. By doing so, she learned something from them. The sixth grade teachers told her […]

It’s All About Values

We at Studer Group came up with an exercise that helps us get to where we are going. It is not a performance conversation- well, it is, but more than that, it is a value conversation. We ask organizations, “On a scale of 1 to 10, how value-driven are you as an organization?” We generally […]

Questions to ask if your organization is struggling with high performance:

Accountability System: Is your leadership evaluation holding people accountable for outcomes? Leadership Skill Building: Is leadership skill building happening continuously? Sequencing: Is your sequencing right? Are you implementing the right steps in the right order? Managing Performance: Are you managing performance well? Communication: Are you communicating the why along with the what and the how behind what […]

Making Problem Solvers: What do you think we should do?

One elementary school had a spike in student discipline referrals during its third 60-day planning cycle. Instead of jumping in to solve the issue, the principal asked the teacher leadership team, “What do you think we should do?” At first the teachers said they didn’t know. The principal followed up with, “Well, if you did […]

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