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Summertime Gladness

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 11, 2021 1:03:11 PM

I got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Su-su-summertime, summertime gladness 


Got that summertime, summertime gladness 

Oh, oh-oh, oh-oh

The summertime gladness of educators is extremely joyful this year, but also mixed with a curiosity about what's next. What questions will you pursue this summer to grow and achieve excellence? Start with these...

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership, School Board

Design a Beautiful Mission Experience

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 4, 2021 11:58:20 AM

Educators are the ultimate "knowledge workers," unique in their ability to solve complex problems and develop new ways to enable growth.

Yet they continue to languish in an industrial approach to school leadership and design where the physical spaces, time schedules, and human dynamics stifle creativity and inspiration.

There is a better way!

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

Educators are Negotiators (and More)

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 2, 2021 9:44:42 AM


Undeveloped negotiation skills contribute to the downfall of too many educators, but these are skills that can be easily learned and mastered. You can be a problem solver who creates win-win conversations and agreements rather than competitive situations that force 
winners and losers.

Learn more about negotiating skills, exciting new technology solutions, and support for the self-managed head search.

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Tags: Board Goals, Leadership, School Board

School Ambassador Test

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 17, 2020 10:31:07 AM

Testing is a big deal these days. Testing for a contagious disease. Testing for student progress. How about a school ambassador test?

Your school needs board members, employees, families, and donors to test positive for willingly and energetically sharing your story with others. 

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Tags: School Culture, Enrollment, Leadership, School Board, Relationships

Communication has Broken Down--You Aren't Listening

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 2, 2020 9:45:18 AM

“Just like a bad relationship, our communication has broken down. You aren’t listening,” said Shawnee Mission School District teacher Amanda Coffman back in February 2020. 

Teachers across the U.S. have been saying the same thing to administrators and school boards for many years, and the volume is even louder now after the disruptions of the 2020 pandemic. 

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Tags: School Culture, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Are We Supposed to be Thoughtful or Busy?

Posted by Scott Barron on May 28, 2020 8:27:25 AM

"Are we supposed to be thoughtful or busy?"
That important question was asked by a board member at a recent Leadership Retreat we facilitated. Balancing activity with mindfulness will always be a challenge for school leaders, especially in times of such overwhelming change and fierce competition. 

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Tags: Administration, Board Culture, School Board, Leadership Retreat

Board Evaluation of School Leadership in 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on May 11, 2020 3:59:51 PM

What questions should the board use to evaluate the school's leadership in 2020, especially in light of the current societal and economic disruptions caused by the pandemic? That's an inquiry we received last week that is important for all schools to consider.

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Tags: Board Assessment, School Board

The Path to School Dysfunction is Paved with Board Intentions

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 17, 2019 9:09:57 AM

Few board members have bad intentions at heart, but all of the dysfunction in education can be traced back to good intentions gone awry.

They really meant well, but they underestimated the complex ecosystem of relationships that comprise a school and the unintended consequences that resulted from their decisions.

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Tags: Board Culture, School Board

What is a Strategic Growth Plan?

Posted by Scott Barron on Dec 5, 2019 7:16:33 AM

The words "Strategic Plan" often strike fear in the heart of a head of school, principal, or superintendent because they've suffered through the nightmare of a planning approach that miserably fails to recognize and strengthen the complex relationships that comprise a school. 

Some management consultants think that a long weekend visit is all that's required to learn about your school and print a plan, but your work is more valuable than that. Your people deserve better!

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Tags: School Board, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Random Selection is Bad for Boards

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 5, 2018 4:45:48 PM

Random selection is effective for statistical research and it's very INeffective for school board leadership. Great boards are produced from a disciplined process of selection, onboarding, training, accountability, and evaluation. Your faculty and students are far too valuable to gamble on the board.

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Tags: School Board

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