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The Beginning of an Improvement Journey

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 [...]

Using Purpose to Inspire Action

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 [...]

Waukesha County: A Model for Collaboration in a Crisis

SOLVE PROBLEMS WITH COMMUNITY COLLABORATION Times of crisis can bring out the best or the worst in people and organizations. How successfully we navigate disruption will depend on our preparation, response and ability to solve problems. Although the COVID-19 pandemic is no longer new to us, we [...]

Continuous Improvement: Adjusting Through Disruption

Before joining Studer Education as partners on their continuous improvement journey, Superintendent Ryan Carpenter and his team at Estacada School District understood the impact evidence-based leadership can have in education organizations. Their team became exposed to improvement science by [...]

Drive Team Success with Consistent Communication About Results

Distractions or disruptions to our schools, organizations or normal routines can cause people to lose focus on what’s most important. These distractions can be large and more long-term or minor and pass relatively quickly. It’s understandable that we may pause from our normal routines and [...]

Build Stakeholder Trust in Uncharted Times

6 TIPS TO ALIGN COMMUNICATION The demands of the external environment in 2020 have forced leaders to make quick decisions to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of their employees, students and communities. At the same time, we know many employees and students are facing tremendous pressure, [...]

Leading Students Back to Learning

HOW CAN WE KEEP STUDENTS SAFE AND ON TRACK AS WE START A NEW ACADEMIC YEAR? The start of this school year has been unfamiliar to us all – students, teachers, parents, administration and every school employee. Some won’t be sure what to expect, others expect more uncertainty and change ahead. [...]

Culture: The Foundation to Withstand Disruption

I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW IF WE COULD HAVE DONE THIS AS WELL IF WE DIDN’T HAVE SOME FOUNDATIONAL PIECES FOR US TO GO BACK TO. – Dr. Natalie Harder, Community College Executive Leader | EP 67: Move Forward by Doing the Next Right Thing Throughout these challenging uncertain times, one thing [...]

To Increase Motivation Show More Apprecation

Recognize and Reward Success: Value and Appreciate People Working Together to Get Results.  We often hear leaders ask, “How can I keep people motivated?” The truth is, we can’t make people feel motivated, but we can create an environment that motivates and engages employees. People are [...]