Top 10 Continuous Improvement Strategies

Our team had the privilege of participating in a PowerSchool webinar on continuous improvement, with Dr. Pat Greco and Corey Golla of the School District of Menomonee Falls. Greco spent the last seven years as superintendent of the district, with a passionate focus on transforming the system through continuous improvement. As the district’s new superintendent, […]

Developing Leaders is Important for Success

Not everything we do has the same outcome.  We can only take so many steps in a day; we need to make sure they are all the right steps.    – Heidi Taylor-Eliopoulos, Superintendent, Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District Never have the stakes been so high in education as they are today.  We need […]

Leading Change

Slowing down and having everyone carry a piece of the load is the focus of leading change for the School District of Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin. In a recent article, Education Week paints an extraordinary picture of how Menomonee Falls stopped chasing new initiatives. Instead, they have built a culture where everyone focuses on how they […]

What Makes a Great Executive Team?

What makes a great executive team? Think about your own team. How do they perform? How do you help them grow to their maximum capacity? Did you inherit or build your own team? How have you helped them develop their talents so far? According to Harvard Business Review’s 10-year study (June 2017), a great executive […]

Level 5 Leadership

Level 5 Leadership Leadership is hard to define. We all have different ideas about what traits are needed for a high performing leader. How does a high performing leader consistently increase and sustain results? Jim Collins has defined the highest level of leadership as a Level 5 leader with an unexpected paradoxical mix of personal […]

Spirit of Collaboration Deepens Data Reflection

Sharing a spirit of collaboration, focusing on continuous improvement, and connecting with the work are crucial actions for how Christian County School District, Kentucky leaders work together to achieve increased performance in all aspects of the organization.  Everything the executive team does is a collaborative effort, which is pretty amazing since none had worked together […]

Digging into Data

Using Data to Inform Division, Department and Individual Action Plans   In celebrating and highlighting the great work in the Hopkins County Schools, Kentucky, we discover how digging deeper into their data has resulted in alignment and focus for the upcoming year. Superintendent DeDe Ashby takes an individual conferencing approach with her principals and directors […]

Hardwiring Educational Excellence

In creating a culture for educational excellence, Muskego-Norway school district has hardwired the processes that feed alignment, accountability and self-awareness.  They create continuous improvement by intentional exploration into the data to examine effective strategies.  Equally important, Muskego-Norway examines the root causes of ineffective strategies.  Speaking in tandem, Kelly Thompson, Superintendent, and Jeff Peterson, Assistant Superintendent […]

Rounding with the Board: Actionable Feedback

CONTRIBUTED BY LIZ MENZER   @lizmenzer Why Should I Round With My Board? Rounding is a powerful leadership tactic focused on harvesting wins and eliciting actionable feedback. The idea of rounding comes to us from health care, as a long-standing, daily practice of doctors and nurses. Making the rounds is a way to build connections and […]

Progress Monitoring Improves Processes to Meet Goals

Strong leaders are highly familiar with data. Data helps us achieve our goals, become better drivers of change, and expands our understanding of processes that need refining. It is impressive how quickly people—particularly leaders—adapt to change they believe in. Given that, why might leaders resist change? First, they might not understand the why for the […]

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