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Guide to Data-Based Decision Making in Special Education

7 Essential Questions Does this sound familiar? Your Special Education Department is facing a big, costly (in both time and money) decision for your district. You are also facing the potential mayhem of: • Different/competing perspectives • Lack of information OR Information overload • Legal constraints • Budget constraints • Hidden agendas/Special interests • Too Read the full article…

School Leaders: Better Decision Making is in your Grasp

Turns out you CAN fix stupid – even better, avoid it in the first place! “Good people make good decisions and bad people make bad decisions.”  Do you agree with this statement?  Probably not – I’m guessing we all have enough life experience to know that good people sometimes make bad decisions, and vice versa.  Read the full article…

How Teacher Leaders and Teachers Can Take A Role in Continuous Improvement

Continuous Improvement (CI) is moving to the front lines of education. Many school districts have launched CI initiatives at the district-wide level and had great success. As a result, in recent years there has been a logical transition to push CI into the classroom. As these initiatives have fanned out to the schools it is Read the full article…

Beyond Team Building: Developing High Performance Teams in Special Education

Special education departments, like many others, often start the year off with team building exercises –forging a strong foundation through personal relationships to move a group of people from individuals toward a cohesive working unit committed to a common purpose.  How can a department (or Child Study Team) build on this foundation to become what Read the full article…

A Tale of Two Meetings: Leadership & Culture

Is there any doubt that a leader influences the culture of a district, department, school, or other group?  While perhaps not totally responsible for it, the leader plays a large role in helping create or sustain it.  That culture either works for or against you and your departmental or district goals and mission. In Mary Read the full article…

Initiative Overload – Part 2: Avoiding Scattershot Implementation

Often, the thought of “one more initiative” is overwhelming for staff members.  Initiatives may come from several different directions – district, department, PLC, etc. and be layered over top last year’s initiatives.  Vetting new initiatives to see if you have the capacity and resources to succeed should be your first step (see previous blog).  But, Read the full article…

Initiative Overload – Part 1: Can you really do it all?

“Most people have far too many initiatives. Stay focused on your main purpose. There will always be more good ideas than the capacity to execute them.”  Sean Covey   Luckily there is no shortage of worthwhile ideas or initiatives out there!  So many worthy initiatives begin with the hope that this one will be the Read the full article…

Making Decisions with Increasing Clarity

In a multi-part discussion of Common Administrator Mistakes and What to do Instead, (an Education Week Blog by Larry Ferlazzo), Andrew Miller, who has worked with educators world-wide, says “I think one of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen administrators make is lack of clarity on how decisions are being made….For example, an administrator might be Read the full article…

Use It or Lose It: Making PD Stick

The notion of “summer slide” is familiar to us all – that a certain amount of what is learned during a school year is forgotten or “lost” during the summer or times of disuse. While studies vary, the general finding is that the less certain concepts/skills are utilized, the greater the loss.   We commonly lament Read the full article…

Department/Organizational Action Planning:  Where the rubber hits the road

Developing a Strategic Plan that outlines your mission, vision and high-level goals for the next three to five years is an important task. But developing plans to ensure those goals are achieved, is where the rubber meets the road. No high-level goal will be realized until each department, school, and person, is clear on what Read the full article…