TregoED Blog

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…

In Results We Trust

Last night I watched “Free Solo”, a documentary about Alex Honnold, the first person to successfully free solo climb Yosemite’s El Capitan.  The feat is unimaginable: hanging tetherless from tiny finger and toeholds thousands of feet about the valley floor. It looks terrifying to me, but I never expected him to be so open to Read the full article…

Hiring a Linchpin Principal

linch·pin /ˈlin(t)SHpin/ A person or thing vital to an enterprise or organization. “A good principal is the linchpin of student achievement in their building.” A pin passed through the end of an axle to keep a wheel in position. “Without a good principal at the helm, the wheels will fall off the wagon.” Either definition Read the full article…

Hey – where did everybody go? Supporting tough decisions

What could choosing transportation fuel options, planning a billion dollar bond referendum, and selecting a new math curriculum series possibly have in common?  If you said, “they are all issues TregoED clients are currently working on” – you’d be right!  But in addition, they each: involve major decisions aimed at addressing existing problems have a Read the full article…

Smaller Meetings…Bigger Hot Seats?

  Leaders often face big “hot seat” meetings – lots of participants, opinions, issues, and controversy.  Having a simple standard process can help them make sure that people are heard, information is processed, and suitable actions are taken.  But what about the numerous intimate meetings that take place every day in schools?  IEP meetings, for Read the full article…

School Culture: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Think back to the last time you thought it odd that something was done a certain way– but were too afraid to ask, “why?”  Sometimes, there is an excellent (albeit not obvious) reason. Other times, the reason makes less sense – or may be akin to “it’s always been done that way.”  Asking “why?” helps Read the full article…

Good Leadership is Good Leadership

Back in the day, as union president, I had a few people come to me saying that the principal’s observations were not valid because he/she did not understand the content, for example, in a foreign language classroom. The principal’s response? “Good teaching is good teaching.” It is with that perspective that I started watching some Read the full article…

Leadership Development – To what end?

It’s hard to argue with the abstract value of building more capable leaders, isn’t it? But what do we want our leaders to be able to do better – and why? Effective leadership is not an end in itself. It cannot be identified – or defined – in a vacuum. It can only be assessed Read the full article…