SCHOOL GROWTH BLOG

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

Have You Completed Your Fall CheckUp?

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 30, 2019 9:15:26 AM

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.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan

It's Time to get R.A.D.

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 23, 2019 7:48:22 AM

"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.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategic Plan, Relationships

Overcoming the Challenges to Grow in 2019-20

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 21, 2019 12:33:23 PM

2019-20 will have its challenges--every school year does. What specifically could limit your growth? What is your biggest challenge?

That's the question we posed to administrators and board leaders across the country, and we compiled the responses into a series of reports that we're going to share on our upcoming School Growth webinar and podcast programs.

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Tags: School Growth, Strategic Plan

"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

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