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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…

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…