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7 Advantages of Schools that Learn

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 31, 2016 8:04:00 AM
Scott Barron

SG 809 Schools 15 Countries.pngIn 2015-16 School Growth has delivered training and services to 809 school in 15 countries--and that impact continues to grow. They span the full spectrum of K-12 programs: private, public, charter, not-for-profit, for-profit, special needs, old, new, urban, rural, and so on.

Schools that learn have a competitive advantage.

With intensifying competition, rapid advances in technology and instructional strategies, and escalating expectations from parents and funders, schools across the globe are trying to figure out how to grow quality, enrollment, and funding. Schools leaders have never before faced the dynamic market forces that are shaping their environment, with successive educational waves creating a plethora of opportunities and threats. That's why those who transform their schools into learning organizations are better prepared for such a dynamic environment.

Schools are not learning organizations by default. Even those that are recognized as premier teaching institutions often lack the leadership capacity to enhance the collective and individual genius of their people. This is beyond professional development for teachers and staff to help them do their work better, with greater focus on cultivating talent, energy, and engagement.

By transforming their institutions into learning organizations, school leaders gain several distinct advantages. When it becomes a systemic, collaborative process, Schools that Learn:

1. Achieve beyond the basics of accreditation, pursuing excellence with intentionality
2. Have a deeper knowledge about their faculty and families
3. Prioritize faculty quality and a healthy culture in which to thrive
4. Adapt faster to new opportunities and competitive threats
5. Raise more money with stronger connections to donors
6. Operate with greater efficiency, engagement, and focus
7. Sustain the core vision and strategies even through leadership changes

Talent & Team Leadership

Moving beyond the boundaries of traditional HR, Schools that Learn understand that their first target market isn't students--rather its building a great faculty. And a great faculty is only sustained through leadership that values learning, an energizing culture, and disciplined innovation. Administrators in these schools clearly communicate expectations and diligently measure results in order to improve. They strategically utilize professional development resources to build a high performing team that is intrinsically motivated to learn, collaborate, and grow.

Does your school qualify as a School that Learns?


Topics: School Growth

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