Build an Army of Improvers to Achieve Student Success

Maturing leaders build maturing organizations.

– Janet Pilcher

Recently, Studer Education partner school districts were featured in the April 2021 AASA School Administrator magazine focusing on the pursuit of organizational excellence within school systems. In this roundtable, Dr. Janet Pilcher and Dr. Pat Greco highlight how these specific organizational teams are using the Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model to align to what matters most, care for their people and keep their students learning in all conditions.

In the roundtable and the discussion, Janet and Pat reviewed a school district sample to recognize the phases of the Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model. They challenged leaders to plot the placement of their organization on the model and analyze how decisions align to the phases of maturity and provide better opportunities to hardwire tactics and processes that get higher results. Janet and Pat also asked leaders to reflect on the steps their organization needs to take to get to “hardwire.”

    • Thinking about the school district samples, where is your organization on the organizational excellence and improvement maturity model? Why do you think you are at this place on the maturity model?
    • How does the maturity model help us shift away from making “silver bullet” purchases to solve our problems? How do you make good decisions with the resources you have available (people, time, tools)? How do you ensure resources are aligned to priorities?
    • How does the maturity model help you sustain your alignment to your goals over time and through leadership transitions?

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Roundtable Resources

reviewing an organizational assessment

Start With an Organizational Assessment to Make Measurable Improvement in Culture | Studer Education

An organizational assessment can be used to lead our teams through positive change, but they require us to be vulnerable and honest to improve.

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stakeholder feedback

Organizational Feedback Loop | 9P

Your stakeholders have ideas. What we do after information is collected can be more important than the information itself. Let individuals know they are heard.

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time for transformation

Listen to People to Continuously Improve| Accelerate Your Performance Podcast

What happens when an organization committed to improvement has to transform everything they do in 5 days? People let go of being perfect and rely on their relationships, values and communication to achieve results. Listen to episode 158 to hear School District of Menomonee Falls leaders share how their team has remained agile, aligned and committed to SDMF’s values, from the district, school and classroom perspective.

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Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model

Building the Conditions for a Learning Culture

Leadership lives within each child and each adult. How we unleash it lives within the ability of the leadership team to build the conditions for a learning culture. When we build trust and psychological safety into our organizations, people can venture out of the comfort zone and into the learning zone where we can innovate and grow.


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