TregoED Blog

How’s Your Year Going? School Climate Matters

How did you start this school year? With excitement, anticipation, hope, “we’re in this together?” or with dread, anger, fatigue, “every man for himself?” What attributes do districts have that put them in one category or the other? Why are some districts more successful at navigating, pivoting, and communicating? Research done by the What Made Read the full article…

What’s Good for the Goose…9 Things Educators Love to Hear

What’s good for the goose…. I ran across a great little video from Edutopia of “words kids love to hear” reflecting the Whole Child SEL mantra that we know to be so important to our children’s mental health, always, but especially after the year they just had.  But what about the Whole Staff Member approach?  Read the full article…

Finding, Promoting, and Capitalizing on the Silver Linings of 20-21

Listening to the political discourse as of late, it seems that dread, fear, anxiety and even rage are all words that have become associated with the reopening of schools. Surely re-openings are fertile ground for potential problems – but they bring potential opportunities as well.  One district in Connecticut for example, used the crisis as Read the full article…

The 5 P’s of Ever-Ready Leadership

Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity (VUCA) are conditions prevalent – increasingly so – in an education leader’s world.  We cannot necessarily foresee the needs, emergencies, or issues of tomorrow.  Education leaders must be prepared to handle anything.  The most effective way to ensure this is to build the capacity for ever-ready leadership.  This capacity enables Read the full article…

5 Best Practice Tips for Communicating in a VUCA World

Are your communications calm, consistent and clear? Or do they reflect the current VUCA environment—volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous? Perception is reality. Communication is the key to the public’s perception of how you are managing your world—in crisis or not. Think George Bush—communicating from the site of 9-11—perceived as a “take charge” and “swift, coordinated Read the full article…

It’s Complicated: Leading in a VUCA World

“Running a school district is one of the toughest most complex jobs in America – John Kim, Senior Lecturer @HBS during A Seat at the Table: Strategies and Tips for Complex Decision Making Webinar Education leaders are living in a VUCA world – a world characterized by volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity as they face Read the full article…

Addressing the Big Questions to Maximize “What’s Next?”

Unprecedented funding is being made available to schools and districts to help with reopenings and COVID-related impacts.  The crisis of the pandemic has taken a toll on everyone. As the crisis was unfolding, it was all we could do to stay afloat – there was little chance to think ahead.  Now that the dust is Read the full article…

Meet the Challenges of SPED Funding Opportunities

  Our special education students have been hit particularly hard  this year as leaders scramble to pivot, turn, and do-si-do in so many directions in response to so many issues. Extended periods of remote learning have made providing the specialized and individualized instruction required by these students challenging.  One turn of events for our Special Read the full article…

3 Tips for Planning for Project Success

“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” Benjamin Franklin Big, multi-phased projects call for big, multi-phased planning.  But the planning does not have to be complicated, using a framework is a simple way to guide your project through the hurdles with strength and stamina.  In the days of virtual meetings, leaders are Read the full article…

Optimize American Rescue Plan Opportunities with Your Best Thinking

The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 will bring an unparalleled amount of federal funds into our schools -what’s your plan? Money brings opportunities for innovation, restoration, and change. But what innovations or restorations or changes are needed? ? Before any of those questions can or should be answered there are plenty more to be Read the full article…