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

Leadership through the Fear and Chaos of Pandemic

Posted by Scott Barron on Mar 30, 2020 8:10:20 AM

Congratulations! You have the unique privilege of leading your school(s) through an unprecedented time in the history of the world.

Each day brings new data and information that heightens the level of concern. Meanwhile, you have to maintain engagement with your board, faculty, parents, students, donors, and community in order to sustain some level of mindshare and momentum. 

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Tags: Enrollment, Human Resources, Strategy

Your School is Unique so Plan Accordingly

Posted by Scott Barron on Oct 19, 2018 9:08:22 AM

Data-driven strategic planning is critical in order to uncover and leverage the powerful genius of your school and leadership. Save the “Best Guesses” and “Gut Feelings” for decisions when the stakes aren’t so high.

The future of the school and your career is at stake here.

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Tags: Leadership, Strategy, School Improvement, Strategic Plan, Growth Plan

My Pain, Your Gain: A Painful  Experience that Illustrates how Planning for Schools is Different

Posted by Scott Barron on Aug 19, 2018 9:30:09 PM

One of the worst experiences I had as a school administrator was enduring the agony of a strategic planning process led by business consultants who didn't understand the complexities of schools--especially the relationships involved.

In the end they did more damage than good, leaving me with the challenge of restoring trust and trying to maximize the benefits that could be gained anyway. 

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Tags: Innovation Planning, Strategy, School Board

Designing and Launching Our New Website

Posted by Scott Barron on Jun 1, 2018 10:37:01 AM

The new SchoolGrowth.com was launched last month. Using an intentional storytelling and branding approach, we designed these pages to reflect who we are as a company and why we do what we do.  Our core values aren't just published on the site--they serve as the framework for every page. 

Our team used specific guidelines to shape the design, and you may find these helpful as you consider the next iteration of your website and/or marketing strategy.

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Tags: Enrollment, Marketing, Strategy

Assessing Organizational Health in Philly

Posted by Scott Barron on Apr 26, 2018 7:52:00 AM

Today we're guiding school business officers through a self-assessment of organizational health. Using the School Growth Optimize Performance Model, this workshop at the PAISBOA annual meeting in Philadelphia will provide insight on the factors that may be limiting effectiveness and quality. 

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Tags: Strategy, Finance

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