Effectively Using Data to Make Tough Decisions

It wasn’t a surprise to our community that we were going to make data-driven decisions…we were going to not just decide if we’re going to open or close, but that we were going to be looking at the data, looking at the science and that our decision was to open at a hybrid model and then watch the data closely at the local level all the way down to the school and classroom level and make decisions on what we were seeing.

– Corey Golla, Superintendent, School District of Menomonee Falls

The School District of Menomonee Falls (SDMF) was recently featured in an article in AASA’s School Administrator magazine to share how the Wisconsin school district is boosting student engagement and learning outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this roundtable, Dr. Pat Greco was joined by SDMF Superintendent Cory Golla, Director of Teaching and Learning Casey Blochowiak, and Leader Coach Robin Largue for a roundtable discussion to learn from in-the-field experts have built an “army of improvers” in the district, where staff are learning how to increase student engagement, improve parent confidence, keep their people safe and sustain learning outcomes in 45-day cycles of improvement.

During the roundtable, Pat and School District of Menomonee Falls leaders shared their District’s progress through the Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model. They also shared how SDMF is effectively using data to make tough decisions by:

  • Listening skillfully and empathetically to prioritize organizational needs and take effective action
  • Developing and implementing the best idea to address challenges like potential learning loss
  • Identifying the right measures to assess progress and adjust as needed

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Roundtable Resources


Leadership Short Cycles | 9P

How can I help my team achieve our annual goals? Short cycle planning allows the team to strategize about the actions helping them to achieve and those that are not.

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Transparency | 9P

Many companies are inviting consumers to take an inside look into what goes on behind the scenes. Increasing transparency between an organization and its community or its employees builds trust and credibility.

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Organizational Feedback Loop | 9P

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

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Listen to Pat Greco on the Accelerate Your Performance Podcast.

EP 178: Measures that Matter and Decision Rules

How can we engage people to become champions of improvement? Today, we share how one school district stayed eight months ahead of the national conversation by investing in the brainpower of its people to solve its toughest challenges. Listen as Dr. Pat Greco and Janet discuss how the right measures and processes support an army of improvers in the School District of Menomonee Falls.


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