Try this tip: Focus on a few.

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Focus on a few. When leaders and staff focus on one or two things, it has a multiplier effect. Improvement in one area can lead to improvement in other areas. When teachers at Hunt Elementary School in the Jackson Public Schools (MI) focused on making positive phone calls home, parents’ general satisfaction with the school increased. This tip applies to goals, progress monitoring measures, strategic actions, initiatives, and changes of all kinds. As our attention dissipates across too many areas of focus, so does our effectiveness.

Source: Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture of Educational Excellence, Studer and Pilcher, Firestarter Publishing, 2015.



Melissa Matarazzo
Melissa is an Evidence-Based Leadership coach for Studer Education, located in Pensacola, FL. Previously, she served as the Executive Director for Achievement and Accountability in the Charleston County (SC) School District. She earned her Ed.D. through the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Urban Superintendents Program, and received both a Masters in School Leadership and a Masters in Education Policy and Management from HGSE. Melissa has also served as a middle school principal in the Peabody (MA) Public Schools, and as an 8th grade teacher and assistant principal in the Derry (NH) Cooperative School District. Melissa has coached aspiring and novice leaders at KIPP Jacksonville, FL; supervised teacher interns at the College of Charleston, SC and instructed graduate students in administration at American International College in Springfield, MA.
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