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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

2021 is Off to a Great Start

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 26, 2021 12:11:34 PM

The first quarter of 2021 is almost complete, and it's been a great start to what we believe will be one of the most exciting years in school leadership. 

You've been walking through a hard journey while carrying a heavy load, making it hard to look beyond the challenges of each day. Getting through it was a little easier when you kept your head down and just tried to put one foot in front of the other. 

Left, right. Left, right. Keep going ...

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Tags: School Boards, Leadership Retreat, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Augusta Prep's Leadership has a Strategic Growth Plan

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 23, 2021 8:25:21 AM

Derrick Willard and his team are leading Augusta Preparatory Day School on a journey to Sustained Excellence.

Even through the enormous challenges of the last year, they have remained focused on the goals to elevate the culture and instill a tenacious commitment to the mission and core values. Below is a recent article he shared with his community regarding their Strategic Growth Plan.

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Tags: School Design, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

She Grew From Overcome to Overcomer

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 5, 2021 7:55:31 AM

Her stress level was off the charts. Frustrated with what they felt was a lack of leadership and too many unfinished plans, some members of the board were boldly raising the stakes.

They wanted a clear plan to grow enrollment and restore confidence in the direction of the school. Or else...

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Tags: School Design, School Growth, Leadership Retreat, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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, Strategic Plan

The Competitive Advantage of Proximity

Posted by Scott Barron on Jul 6, 2020 11:53:45 AM

While some experts have advocated for a three-pronged approach to school competitive strategy around Price, Product, and Process, even greater market advantage is gained through the development of Proximity.
Families are far more attracted by your school's ability to form deep, emotional relationships with them than any other factor.

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Tags: Administration, Marketing, Strategic Plan

Data Strategies to Grow at NBOA 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Feb 23, 2020 2:05:34 PM

The most valuable assets of a school aren’t on the financial balance sheet. So how do you measure and leverage them to grow?

We're sharing a deep-dive course on, "Data Strategies to Grow," at the National Business Officers Association (NBOA) 2020 Annual Conference in Orlando this week to answer that question and provide guidance on how to create an integrated approach for more effective strategic planning.

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Tags: Data Analytics, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

Celebrating Courageous School Leaders in 2020

Posted by Scott Barron on Jan 27, 2020 8:34:28 AM

It kind of sounds like a joke--school leaders from Catholic schools, Christian schools, and independent nonreligious schools walked into a bar.... Actually it was a training room at Woodward Academy in Atlanta where we were Getting R.A.D. (Radically Against Dysfunction)

That's the real joy of our work, supporting the growth goals of educators who have the courage to make hard decisions and develop the disciplines of effective school leadership. 

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Tags: Professional Development, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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

How to Grow through Uncertain Times of Leadership Change

Posted by Scott Barron on Nov 12, 2019 6:05:00 AM

Surviving and even thriving through a time of leadership change is one of the biggest challenges for school administrators and boards. Maintaining a healthy school culture is hard enough without the dysfunction that creeps into the organization during such transitions. 

We posted a new video in our webinar series on, "The Biggest Challenges to Grow," that is focused on how to sustain momentum during the leadership search process. In our R.A.D. Campaign (Radically Against Dysfunction), we've created some practical guidance to help you grow even when the tension and stress are high.  

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Tags: Video - Leadership, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

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