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Daniel Breen's School Growth Journey

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 21, 2019 10:55:15 AM

Using the School Growth system for growing schools, Daniel Breen has successfully led Sacred Heart Cathedral School (Knoxville, TN) through a season of transformation. Under his guidance they achieved 94% re-enrollment, exceeded their new enrollment goal with a waiting pool, surpassed their fundraising targets, and student academic results were the highest in years.

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Topics: Leadership, Strategy

Insights from a Teacher Turned Flight Attendant

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 26, 2018 7:15:57 PM

On a recent flight I sat next to a woman who had a very intriguing story. She was once a teacher, and apparently a pretty good one. But she opted to change careers in her early-40’s because she couldn’t take it anymore. Instead she became a flight attendant.

What was the problem? Was teaching really that bad?!

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Topics: Leadership, Culture

The ONE THING that a School Strategic Plan Must Prioritize

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 6, 2018 11:28:37 AM

Do you have a strategic plan or school improvement plan? Have you prioritized the ONE THING that has the biggest impact on student growth and overall school growth?

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Topics: School Design, School Growth, Leadership

Succession Planning - Expecting the Unexpected

Posted by Dr. John Storey on Feb 26, 2018 10:54:27 AM

Research indicates that within the next few years 68% of sitting heads will either retire or move to another school.  This high level of change may be attributed to baby boomers delaying retirement as a result of the financial recession of 2008, and it is also triggered by school board quality issues.

Does your school have a well-defined leadership succession plan?

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Topics: Leadership, Human Resources

We're Going to Miss You, St. Anthony's

Posted by Scott Barron on May 26, 2017 11:38:41 AM

St. Anthony High School (Jersey City, NJ) is terminating operations this month. After 65+ years of service to a diverse population, the leadership ran out of money because the economic model of the school was unsustainable. It's a harsh reality that President Bob Hurley, Sr., and his team were unable to overcome. I'm sad for the families of Jersey City and the many students and alumni who will be impacted by the loss of this important community institution.

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Topics: Leadership

This School Achieved 65% Higher Enrollment in 5 Years by Using the School Growth Method

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 8, 2016 8:26:43 AM

Does the School Growth innovation and design method really work? Can you transform a school with tactical planning and disciplined talent development? Here's one example from an early adopter that proves the answer is "Yes!" This school achieved 65% higher enrollment in 5 years by using the School Growth Method.

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Topics: Enrollment, Leadership

Schools Where Innovation and Reinvention are History

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 25, 2016 10:41:37 AM

Talk of school reform and innovation sometimes makes it seem like this is a recent concept in education, but at School Growth we've had the privilege of visiting two schools in the last week who have managed to effectively understand economic and education forces in order to stay relevant and grow. 

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Topics: School Design, Leadership

The School Buildings In Your Future

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 8, 2016 2:58:04 PM

I recently read an article about the Dallas Cowboys new training facility, that many say will give them an advantage against other NFL teams. But what if it will also give some local schools a competitive advantage as well?

What you may also find interesting is that the Frisco Independent School District will share this state-of-the art athletic and entertainment facility that will include a 12,000-seat indoor stadium, a luxury hotel, and convention center. "Teaming up with the Cowboys on the indoor stadium allowed the city to save about $500,000 a year in operating costs and between $10 million and $15 million in capital costs." 

This will certainly be an innovative destination that provides powerful marketing but also economies of scale for the local public schools. That's smart! We've seen some other new designs for facilities that inspire a whole new approach to education. These are some of the school buildings in your future. 

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Topics: School Design, Leadership

3 School Leadership Tips from Barbara Daush

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 14, 2016 6:22:21 PM

To be the best it makes sense to learn from the best. Barbara Daush has served as the President at St. Agnes Academy - St. Dominic School for the last 22 years. Very few have achieved the level of success and influence that she has established during this illustrious career.

To understand the full scope of her school leadership, consider that Barbara is:

* Currently serving as the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS)
* Was named the 2014 CEO of the Year by MBQ Magazine
* Is a member of the inaugural class of the Memphis Business Journal's Super Women in Business in 2012
* Is a member of the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools (TAIS)
* Is past president of the Memphis Association of Independent Schools.

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Topics: Administration, Leadership

What is it Like to Work With You

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 10, 2015 1:24:16 PM
What is like to work with you and your school? Is contact information on your website readily accessible? Do you (individually and as an organization) respond in a timely, professional manner to emails and phone calls? What is the tone of interactions with you, and is this consistent with your desired brand? Do you seek to make life easier for your parents?

These perceptions contribute to the success of your school--whether you are expertly professional or awkwardly lazy in your standards and expectations. Excellence is the word most commonly used on school websites and in marketing materials, and your families are daily evaluating your commitment to excellence based on their interactions with you.

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Topics: Administration, Marketing, Leadership

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