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Love'em and Lead'em for Greater Joy in this Work

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 25, 2022 7:01:00 AM
Inspiration can come at the most unexpected times.
In September of 2020 we hosted an online symposium for school administrators on sustaining a healthy school culture in the early stages of the pandemic. The mood among these leaders wasn't goodactually it was miserable. 

They were tired, tired of it, and some were already making other career plans as a result of the unending conflict and stress.

That moment was the catalyst for the Weekly Encouragement for Educators email and the recently published book, "Love'em and Lead'em: Encouragement and Inspiration for Educators." Genuine care and relationships among colleagues is crucial in this work, and we have a new tool to get there.

Below are three ways you can more effectively Love and Lead educators.

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

What I Learned from Alan Metcalfe about Culture and Design

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 21, 2022 10:47:50 AM
We are constantly searching for new strategies to grow schools and elevate the culture for educators. Every now and then we learn about a concept or an idea that we believe is going to have a big impact.
That's what happened when we met Alan Metcalfe at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) conference a few years ago and learned about Interpretive Master Planning. 
If you're looking for a better way to distinguish your school, then you will definitely want to explore this powerful growth method.
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Tags: School Design, School Culture, Strategy

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, Board Culture, Leadership

Wisdom in Resolving Conflict

Posted by Scott Barron on May 14, 2021 9:03:09 AM

Conflict is an inevitable part of leadership, especially in education where we have a high level of emotional engagement among stakeholders. Wisdom becomes an even more critical asset for us to overcome the resulting tensions and dysfunctional behaviors. 

In our executive coaching resources for members of the School Growth Network, we include these guidelines to more wisely negotiate resolutions that support your mission and values.

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Tags: School Culture, Engagement

Leadership Happens in the Transitions

Posted by Scott Barron on May 7, 2021 9:33:16 AM

2020-21 was a big year for leadership growth among administrators and boards. The culture and brand of the school are most vulnerable during these high-stress periods.

We've seen so many institutions refocus on the human aspect of school leadership to rekindle their joy and work together on the factors that most contribute to excellence. 

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership, Leadership Resiliency

SIX Traits Thriving Schools Have in Common

Posted by Scott Barron on Sep 16, 2020 10:27:40 AM

From their research of school growth and performance over the first half of 2020, The Fordham Institute shared, "Five things schools thriving during Covid-19 have in common."

These traits offer valuable insight, and we added one more that is critically important for those administrators who want to sustainably thrive. 

 

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Tags: School Culture, Leadership

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, Board Culture, Leadership, Relationships

JHU's Berner: Curriculum and Culture Are Still Core to Grow

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 11, 2020 11:14:30 AM

What are educational leaders learning during 2020 that will produce positive, long-lasting impact on schools? School Leaders are making substantial changes to their strategic plans based on their experiences so far this year.

Dr. Ashley Berner shares valuable insights about what they've learned at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Education Policy, including why curriculum and culture remain the foundations to achieve sustainable school growth.

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Tags: School Culture, Strategy

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, Board Culture, Leadership Retreat

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

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