TregoED Blog

Effective Listening: A Simple but Profound Skill

  New parents instinctively understand that a toddler’s loss of a teddy bear (or ice cream cone or favorite blanket) is a earth-shaking experience for them.    We try to empathize and not belittle their feelings – even while their reaction may work our last nerve.    But for some reason, when our kids get older, many Read the full article…

PD that Makes Sense for Everyone

The same professional development for your whole staff?  Can PD really take a one-size-fits-all approach? If we believe that collaboration increases our opportunities for success, what organization would not benefit by everyone in every position having the increased capacity to make better decisions and work through complex situations?  Even if the decisions or problems are Read the full article…

Drowning in Data-Starving for Knowledge

Nowadays we often have a surplus of data – but do we know what the information means -can we make sense of it? Often there is so much of it and it may or may not be in a usable form. Rationally, we know good data is essential for good problem-solving – but can’t we Read the full article…

Process helps New Supt. Dig In for Successful Referendum

Pelham (NY) Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Champ is not new to planning for complex situations or making big decisions, but she is new to being a superintendent.  She gained valuable experience as Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum in the Sewanhaka Central High School District – and valuable skills from the collaborative and strategic leadership processes she learned Read the full article…

Meet the Challenges of Change Head On

Whether it be “Superintendent churn” or the challenges of change, transitions in leadership are never as simple as handing over a baton. Large urban districts, where school boards deal with substantial amounts of money, strong teachers’ unions and parents from diverse neighborhoods with differing needs are often prone to leadership churn. Small districts, where new Read the full article…

Ask the Right Questions to Ensure Continuous Improvement

Some of you may have heard that TregoED’s analytic processes – “help us do the right things well.” But what are the right things? How do you know what initiatives are worth continuing to invest in – and which should be scaled back? As Ben Tregoe, Founder of Kepner-Tregoe and TregoED, used to say “if Read the full article…

Ensuring student safety takes more than locking the doors

In response to recent school shootings and the cry for increased safety measures to be put in place, many school districts are re-evaluating their procedures, practices and protocols to build an understanding of where there might be gaps or cracks in their current safety and security plans. Safety in our schools encompasses issues well beyond Read the full article…

Approach People Problems with Transparent Processes

It is sometimes (but not always) easy to quantify the cost of mistakes – purchases or investments made that did not pay off, initiatives that were poorly executed, budgets that are underfunded. But what about the very real – but often less evident – costs of people-related problems? An article in the Harvard Business Review Read the full article…

The How and Why of Investing in Leadership

  “As decision-making shifts away from the federal government, it is more important than ever that our nation’s schools be led by individuals who possess the skills and technical prowess to design and adopt school improvement strategies that truly make a difference for kids.”  Alison Welcher U.S. Senate Education Committee Testimony   Beyond the Ripple Read the full article…

Anything Worth Doing is Worth the Risk of Doing Poorly

No doubt we have all experienced the (sometimes shocking!) blowback that can arise when people are unhappy with decisions that are made or problems that have arisen.  Community outrage, walkouts, public smear campaigns, etc. can make anyone a little wary of putting their neck out – even for the right thing.   This wariness can lead Read the full article…