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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

Check This Out Before Planning Your Next Building

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 21, 2017 9:53:10 AM

Prakash Nair is a guru of 21st century school design. He's written two books that expound on his philosophy and share the process used by Fielding Nair (FNI) to fashion cost-effective renovations of current buildings and to create remarkably inspiring new facilities. The latest one is, Blueprint for Tomorrow: Redesigning Schools for Student-Centered Learning.

Read this book before you plan your next building!

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Topics: School Design

School Growth Selected to Design and Launch New School in Florida

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 28, 2016 9:26:22 PM

The Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists has selected School Growth, a global education strategy company, to manage the design and development of a new preschool through twelfth grade campus in North Tampa. This new school is scheduled to open in the Fall of 2018, and, with the collaboration of Adventist Health System, will raise the bar for educational excellence for families throughout the surrounding communities.

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Topics: School Design

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

Four School Survey Questions from the LA Lab

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 26, 2015 5:02:30 PM

At the School Growth Innovation Lab in Los Angeles last week I was reminded of the importance of knowing families in our target community at a deeper level. As we considered the characteristics, fears, and goals of these families, our attention turned to more effectively learning from them and adjusting the value proposition of the school to sustainably grow quality and enrollment.

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Topics: School Design

Questions to Learn from Your Target Market

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 18, 2015 1:51:26 AM

During the School Growth Lab in Los Angeles today we discussed how to learn faster and more effectively from the target market in order to gain the attention of families and grow. After all, schools can certainly master the best practices of a learning organization, right?

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Topics: School Design

Apple Watch is Blue Ocean Hitting Switzerland

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 20, 2015 3:35:12 AM

In light of the geography, it's big news that a blue ocean is frightening Switzerland.

Swiss watchmakers are facing a new, though not unexpected, threat from the Apple innovation tsunami. Like the music and book sellers of old, this is a game-changing moment for the time keeping industry. Those disrupters from Cupertino are at it again, and the insights for school designers are numerous.

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Topics: School Design

Co-working Spaces Offer a Model for Your Next Building

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 24, 2015 8:38:17 AM

Your next school building may look quite different than anything you have previously experienced. From the outside it could be designed to last a few centuries, but the inside will allow flexible use of the space for individual, small group, and even large group learning.

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Topics: Administration, School Design

Does Your School Marketing Have Target Arrogance

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 19, 2015 1:52:46 AM

Target Stores is suffering from what some describe as market arrogance, and is now closing 133 stores in Canada. What can school leaders learn from this business debacle?

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Topics: School Design, Marketing

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