Fall is such a beautiful time of the year, but not only because of the cooler air and changing colors. It's also when powerful learning can happen to support your Strategic Growth Plan.
What questions should you be asking now in order to grow? Below are the key areas in which your leadership team can assess relationships and performance in order to make needed improvements through a Fall CheckUp.
"We're an innovative school where teachers and families love to connect. They constantly tell us how excited they are about our curriculum and commitment to excellence. but we just aren't growing. We need help!"
The call came in a few months ago while we were preparing to teach a Servant Leadership workshop at the SAIS Summer Institute. Frustrated by lackluster results, the administrators on the phone were eager to figure out the root causes and find a path forward.
This week Tammy and I had the privilege of leading workshops in Nice, France, for admissions professionals from international schools across Europe, Africa, Australia, and the Middle East.
We learned about the challenges that are limiting their growth and shared strategies for building stronger engagement with faculty and families.
You may be interested in learning what they identified as their challenges to grow this year.
Effective School Leadership requires knowing how to navigate the challenges of dealing with people who poison the culture. These issues can’t be ignored because they don’t just go away and they negatively impact your relationships in a very competitive market.
In the current School Growth video course on Overcoming the Biggest Challenges to Grow, we share three imperatives for protecting your school from poisonous people.
Trusted, engaged relationships are the key to sustaining and growing a school. Without them you fail. On Wednesday, October 2, 2019, in Asheville, NC, I will host a one-day workshop in partnership with MISBO to explore both the art and the science (heck, we'll make it a full STEAM experience) of relationships within the complex realities of a school.
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.
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.
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!"
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!