Try This Tip: “Measure the Important Things” by Dr. Melissa Matarazzo

This week’s tip is one of Studer Group’s 9 Principles.  In my travel to partner districts lately, we’ve developed annual scorecards that identify the most important measures of school, department, and district success. On each scorecard, we also define which progress monitoring tools will best predict success on the final, summative measure and what strategic actions we’ll take to achieve our goals. All of our actions and ongoing monitoring align to the measures we select for the year, so we have to ensure we’ve picked the most important things to measure. Scorecards are a great tool for measuring progress, increasing focus, and organizing for continuous improvement. SampleScorecard Scorecards can also help us respond to a call to action I heard last week from Dr. Tony Evers, State Superintendent of Public Instruction in Wisconsin. Dr. Evers called on legislators, superintendents, parents, and students to “Synchronize our moral compasses.” In order for education to improve our students’ lives, we must be aligned and focused on serving every child, every day (a key phrase in the mission of the Sun Prairie Area School District). Implementing the scorecard tool can ensure that district-wide measures of our service to students and families cascade to schools and departments, and then directly into the teaching and learning objectives of each classroom. If we choose, together, to measure the important things, then our compasses will be synchronized to our most moral purpose: to educate and empower all students.
_______________ 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. Follow Dr. Matarazzo on Twitter at @LrngLdr and follow Dr. M’s weekly post “Try This Tip” here. Interested in learning about using scorecards to focus, align, and achieve? To learn more, view a presentation about their scorecard from our partners in the Arlington Independent School District (TX). Check out an example of a district scorecard from the School District of Janesville (WI), another Studer Education partner. Contact us for more information about our coaching for continuous leadership development and systems improvement. Our mission at Studer Education is to provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the sixth straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Filed under: How to Lead..., Our Partners Tagged: Coaching, District Scorecards, Leader Development, Leadership, Measurement, Melissa Matarazzo, Progress Monitoring, Scorecard, Systems Improvement, Try This Tip
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