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School Board Communication

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 3, 2018 9:24:00 AM

Effective communication is crucial at every level of the organization, especially within and from the board. It promotes better understanding, reduces unnecessary conflict, and helps build healthy relationships. We've found that high levels of emotional intelligence and self-awareness are common among the best communicators.

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Tags: Communication

How to Improve Communication in One Easy Step

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 4, 2018 8:36:36 AM

At a recent Leader Retreat for a school board, one of the longest-serving board members raised a major issue. He was grey-headed and, based on the body language and deference of the others in the room, he was highly respected for his experience and wisdom.

 

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Tags: Communication, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Wisdom from Experienced Teachers: Communication is Critical

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 7, 2018 8:06:05 AM

We learned some valuable insight from some very wise and experienced educators over the last few weeks, and we were pleasantly surprised that one key point was emphasized by all of them. 

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Tags: Communication, Leadership

Teacher Arrested! Now What?!?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 24, 2018 6:34:00 AM

One Saturday we facilitated a Leadership Retreat for their school board. We assessed organizational health and included a brief introduction on how to properly Sequence messages in order to build trust and engagement.

All went as planned--and then it didn't.

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Tags: Communication, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Is Your Website an Asset or a Liability for Recruiting Students?

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 22, 2018 7:28:00 AM

Your school website is the second most important factor (faculty quality and engagement is at the top of that list) in building your brand and enrollment. To be most effective, though, It needs to tell your story in a compelling way, have a clear and consistent call to action, and provide convenient ways to start the relationship. 

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Tags: Communication, School Growth, Marketing

The Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt of Leadership Changes

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 5, 2018 1:21:52 PM

"The head administrator is leaving"

That's the kind of difficult news that every school has to share at some point. The culture of the school is inevitably impacted by such an announcement--enrollment may suffer as a result and faculty confidence will likely be shaken.

What's the best way to communicate such a message? Fall back into damage control mode or use this as an opportunity to build engagement?

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Tags: Communication, Leadership, School Board

A Wedding, A Reunion and A Question

Posted by Scott Barron on May 21, 2018 10:42:22 AM

Over the weekend I had the privilege of attending a wedding. Not the royal festivities in London, but rather for the daughter of one of my best friends from high school. This young bride married her childhood sweetheart at an outdoor venue near Charlotte, NC. It was a steamy affair once that sun escaped the clouds!

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Tags: Communication, Leadership

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