Improving Outcomes: Align, Empower, Persist

A good leader isn’t supposed to be the doer of everything.

– Caitlin Windler, Director of Finance and Operations, West Allis-West Milwaukee School District

Over the past five years, the West Allis-West Milwaukee (WAWM) School District in Wisconsin has laid the foundational building blocks that support improving student outcomes with consistent leadership, aligned action and systemic persistence. In this roundtable, Dr. Melissa Matarazzo was joined by WAWM Superintendent Dr. Marty Lexmond, Director of Leadership and Learning Diedre Roemer, Director of Finance and Operations Caitlin Windler and James E. Dotke High School Principal Greg Geolz.  

During the roundtable, Melissa and WAWM leaders shared their District’s progress through the Organizational Excellence and Improvement Maturity Model. They also shared how WAWM aligns, empowers and persists by:

  • Sustaining commitment to powerful strategies for improvement through transitions, crises and school years
  • Modeling and embedding project-based learning and deeper learning competencies across diverse schools and students
  • Implementing systems to push-in to support all learners, rather than pulling students out of classes for needed interventions

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Roundtable Resources

Develop Aspiring Leaders | 9P

Become a lighthouse for new leaders. As you notice employees who are committed to your team, it’s important to think about the future of the organization. Do you foresee any open leadership positions? How can you help develop the skills your aspiring leaders possess to fill any upcoming voids in the organization?

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Ownership of Organizational Goals | 9P

The mid-level leader plays many roles. Executing goals cascaded from the executive team is one of the most important. Build positive relationships with your middle leaders and promote ownership of the goals.

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Creating a Strategic Plan | 9P

Know where you’re going. A strategic plan guides an organization to success. The alignment of organizational priorities, goals and actions is a key purpose of the strategic plan.

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Learn more about the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District’s journey to improving outcomes through aligning, empowering and persisting.



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