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What Should Be on Our School Leadership Retreat Agenda?

Leading a school is extraordinarily stressful without a cohesive team that has clarity, communicates expertly, and consistently executes day-to-day.

Motivated by the hope of working with such a productive team, schools across North America  ask us to help them gain advantage through a leadership retreat--one that is designed to advance the disciplines of Leadership Capacity, Organizational Health, and Continuous Improvement.

leader_montage.jpegThe format of a leadership retreat is designed to maximize engagement for each person and the group as a whole. For our clients we customize the experience based on the situation of each team, recognizing the changes and cycles of growth that inevitably occur.

  • One school had 50% turnover in a large administrative team because of various personal and career factors that all happened in the same year.
  • Another went through a few years of internal turmoil and needed to bring harmony to their culture.
  • Another group was responsible for over 100 schools and they needed to rethink their value proposition and relationships.
  • A smaller school needed to increase engagement between the administrator and the board, creating a shared vision to overcome mounting competition.


School Leadership Retreat Agenda

Through a pre-retreat planning session, we collaboratively create a school leadership retreat agenda and logistics plan for the one- or two-day experience. Each retreat included learning, planning, and relationship building to:

  • Establish Expectations & Goals
  • Accurately Assess Past Performance & Issues
  • Determine the Health of the Organization
  • Training on Communication Habits to Build Trust and Engagement
  • Develop an Action Plan to Build Momentum

During this time away from the normal routine, we addressed the critical issues facing the team and the entire organization. This helped inject fresh energy and direction to achieve higher levels of student growth and school growth.


What time of year should my school leadership retreat take place?


Interestingly, we haven't found a bad time of year to schedule a retreat--We've led them in every month of the year.

The timing for a retreat depends on the priorities of the leadership and their commitment to finding a path forward through the obstacles that are limiting growth and the pursuit of excellence.


School Leadership Retreat Resources


A few books provide valuable content for our retreat programs:

  1. Building Engaged Schools, by Gary Gordon
  2. The Advantage, by Patrick Lencioni
  3. The Fifth Discipline, by Peter Senge
  4. The Lean StartUp, by Eric Ries
  5. Great by Choice, by Jim Collins

We combine our own research with some of these great books to create a powerful experience that consistently exceeds expectations.

Have you planned your next leadership retreat to gain advantage for your school?


To inquire about a school leadership retreat led and facilitated by School Growth, submit an inquiry. Let's talk about the best options for you.


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