SCHOOL GROWTH BLOG

Healthy vs. Unhealthy School Culture

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 26, 2019 12:41:53 AM

Talented, Energized, Engaged Educators Change the World!

Last week in our professional development workshop at the SAIS Summer Institute for School Division Heads, we explored the difference between a healthy school culture that builds engagement and an unhealthy environment that limits growth.

This is a very valuable conversation for your school leadership team to work on together.

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

The School System is Designed for Mediocrity

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 12, 2019 8:09:49 AM

Last week on a flight I sat next to a gentleman who is the head/principal of a high school in Ohio. On the middle seat between us (which thankfully was empty) he placed Carol Dweck's book, Self-theories: Their Role in Motivation, Personality, and Development

As an avid reader myself, right away I realized he is likely either an educator or taking a very interesting class.

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Tags: Leadership

"This has Changed my Life!"

Posted by Scott Barron on May 28, 2019 7:11:38 AM

C.D. is the head of a large organization that includes a school, a church, and other community service groups. He has experienced some difficult transitions over the last few years but he's actually grown through these challenges to become a stronger leader.

On a call last week C.D. shared, "What you've taught us about talent and culture has transformed our entire organization--not just the school. Actually, this has changed my life!"

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

The Complexities of Schools are REAL

Posted by Scott Barron on May 7, 2019 8:32:15 AM

PK-12 Schools are the most complex organizations in the U.S. economy.

Board members, administrators, parents, and policy makers must understand that the models of leadership and management that may be effective in other businesses and organizations have to be adapted to the extraordinary realities of educational institutions.

Schools are different!

 

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan

The Sad Life of the Overloaded School Leader

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 22, 2019 8:43:00 AM

Have you spent any time with a school administrator? It's a stressful pace, especially in April and May!

Too often he or she hurries from place to place, talking to lots of people but deeply connecting with few. Living in a constant state of overload and chaos, the goal is more survival than strategic growth and relationship building.

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Tags: Leadership, Leadership Resiliency, leadership retreat

What Business Executives Can Learn from School Leaders

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 15, 2019 10:31:59 AM

The relationship between educators and business leaders will grow even stronger when there is mutual respect for the expertise that each brings to the table.

Advice from business executives to school leaders is pervasive, driven by the assumption that schools wouldn't be so "abysmal" if only administrators would learn to apply the habits and techniques that are so common in the "real world."

The comments from board members, parents, or others usually sound like this :

  • "Get back to the basics!"
  • "Innovate more effectively!"
  • "Hire better!"
  • "Make decisions faster!"
  • "Don't take so many days off!"  (see Ashton Kutcher at ASCD Empower19)

This isn't a one way street, however! What can business leaders learn from school leaders? Quite a bit, actually!

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Tags: Leadership, Growth Plan

Daniel Breen's School Growth Journey

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 21, 2019 11:04:04 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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Tags: Leadership, Growth Plan

Insights from a Teacher Turned Flight Attendant

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 26, 2018 8:47:48 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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Tags: Leadership, Culture

Your School is Unique so Plan Accordingly

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 19, 2018 9:08:22 AM

Data-driven strategic planning is critical in order to uncover and leverage the powerful genius of your school and leadership. Save the “Best Guesses” and “Gut Feelings” for decisions when the stakes aren’t so high.

The future of the school and your career is at stake here.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategy, school improvement, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Your Strategic Plan May Be Killing Your School

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 20, 2018 12:25:27 AM

What if your strategic plan has actually caused more harm than good? 
Perhaps the board and administration got together for a few days or even spent some months hammering out a long-term plan.

But is it really making a difference? Did the process used to create the plan strengthen relationships, build leadership capacity, and improve the culture?

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Tags: Leadership, School Board, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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