More than ever, educators face continuous pressure to reform established practices in order to improve outcomes. For many organizations, this means moving from an episodic to a continuous approach to improvement. This can be difficult for education professionals who have only ever [...]
In this roundtable, Leader Coach Nannette Johnston was joined by Kentucky Superintendent Deanna Ashby to discuss the power of seeing your system through the eyes of the closest to the work and the ripple effect that taking action can have on your school and district culture.
Rounding is an opportunity to build relationships with our employees–get to know them, what they like, what they relate to, the people who are most important to them and other things that define employees as individuals.
HOW CAN LEADERS BUILD RESILIENCE TO STRESS AND CHANGE? The events that unfolded in 2020 were unexpected by most. People experienced an array of disruptions including job loss, work or school relocation and additional responsibilities at home and at work. Many of us have suffered from a lack of [...]
Good leaders make it a priority to hear from their people. However, in most workplaces, people don’t feel heard. According to Gallup data, three out of ten employees in the US agree strongly that their opinions don’t matter at work. The reality is we all want to be heard. We want our voices to [...]
When organizations take an honest look at where they have the greatest oportunity for improvement, they take a real step toward making continuous improvement a part of their culture. Learn how a small Missouri school district use an organizational assessment as the first step in a journey to [...]
WHY DO IMPROVEMENT PLANS FALL SHORT? Most leaders and organizations would agree it’s important to set goals at the beginning of the year and return to those goals at the end of the year to see if we hit the mark. Leaders often spend time building lengthy plans and collecting data. However, the [...]
Showing your team members you care about them as individuals and value their great work is a powerful way to boost morale and increase employee engagement. Create heroes of those employees going above and beyond in their service, and celebrate their great work as a team.
A MULTI-YEAR IMPROVEMENT FOCUSED APPROACH Based on the average human lifespan, most students will spend 60 years beyond their K-12 education. Therefore, high school graduation is actually the starting line for students, not the finish line, explains Chippewa Falls Area Unified School District [...]
In challenging times, connecting our teams to their core purpose will sustain and empower their continued effort. A combination of the head and the heart are critical to successful leadership, especially in unprecedented and challenging times. In this roundtable, Dr. Melissa Matarazzo shares [...]
A NOVEL APPROACH TO FAMILIAR CHALLENGES: CREATING A COLLABORATIVE NETWORK Situated in rural California, Tulare County faced some challenges that are not too unfamiliar to many districts. In addition to experiencing a siloed effect due to decentralization, 83 percent of students were not meeting [...]
GRATITUDE IS A GAME CHANGER Think about the last time you received a thank you note. It probably felt good, right? When we are thanked it makes us feel appreciated and valued. It sparks a desire in us to want to help more. As the late Randy Pausch put it, “Gratitude is one of the […]
USING A SINGLE PILLAR SCORECARD TO DRIVE SUCCESS Jefferson County School District in Alabama serves over 36,000 students and is the second largest school district in the state. Considering their large number of students, it’s no surprise Jefferson County focused on student success as their [...]
HOW CAN WE COMMUNICATE WITH PURPOSE TO INCREASE MOTIVATION? One of the many benefits of working in education and service organizations is the ability to see there is a deeper meaning, beyond profits, for our organization’s existence. It’s likely many of our employees draw a connection to the [...]
IT’S POSSIBLE TO BALANCE BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS WITH MAINTAINING A FOCUS ON IMPROVEMENT If there is only one lesson we could all learn from a year like 2020, Casey Blochowiak, Director of Curriculum and Learning at the School District of Menomonee Falls, identified it precisely during podcast [...]