TregoED Blog

Are you Ready for CCS? 5 Key Elements for Success

When asked about the success of the Standards, Chester E. Finn, Jr., President of the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, commented “The biggest potential pothole, by far, is failed implementation (Education Week, April 25, 2012).”  Successful implementation – like other major organizational changes – requires strategic and systemic thinking. What’s the district’s role in implementation? How Read the full article…

Improving School Culture

This topic is so complex. School culture is a reflection of how the school board, community, parents, administrators, staff, teachers, and students view and treat one another. Improving school culture requires buy-in from almost all stakeholders, doesn’t it?

Resisting the Temptation to Avoid Collaboration

James Watson (of Nobel Prize-winning science duo Crick & Watson) once stated: “Nothing new that is really interesting comes without collaboration.”   Most of us accept that the world is too complex for one person to have all the answers. But do we behave this way in practice?   Do we risk complicating – but ultimately improving Read the full article…

What’d Ya Think I Said?!!#!@%$@

Life’s Little Conversations…. At home…. Spoken: “Be home right after the dance.” Heard:  “Great! Dance ends at 11…plenty of time for burgers and visits after…drop friends home first… home by two! No prob!” At work … Spoken: “Significant budget cuts are indicated for the coming year.” Heard:  “‘Significant’…  Great!!!! That lets me off the hook. Read the full article…

Creating Culture

Ask any individual in a school, a district – even an organization – what is the most important aspect of what they do and where they do it?  Culture.  The whole aspect of the environment and what that environment should be is often lost.  Some environments encourage entrepreneurship; some environments stifle creativity; some environments encourage Read the full article…

Budget Reductions: Getting It Right the First Time!

  Shrinking budgets!  Pending Cuts!  What should be targeted?  What should be protected?  Will the decisions be based on district values?  Or, will political clout win-out?     Can it be even be done rationally?  The challenge facing school districts is how to prioritize a list of existing programs and services in order to find resources Read the full article…

NEW Leadership Role – 3 Great Questions to Get You Started

NEW Leadership Role – 3 Great Questions to Get You Started   New leadership postion?  Feeling overwhelmed trying to determine:  Priorities? Which problems are the worst and most important to tackle? How to get a grip on what’s really going on and where to best focus my time and energy? What questions should I ask Read the full article…

“Diffusion Cuisine” : Menu Addition for School Districts

Wait, wait! You ARE in the right place! You navigated to this blog because you’re interested in all things educational… and look what you found! A title that looks as if it should be in a Zagat review or a Food TV commercial! But—seriously…hang with me for a moment or two in order to see Read the full article…

Moving Your Plan to the Next Level

Looking to implement the common core?  Is your district going to a BYOT plan?  Facing Severe Budget Cuts?  Plans for implementing solutions to these common issues in school districts can be very complex as you move from the district level to the building level where the implementation will take place.  How do you pass the Read the full article…

Decisions, Decisions

It is budget time again!  This is the time of year when many school districts are faced with decisions based on what they perceive as having least impact in the classroom.  I can’t help but think that cuts that are seemingly “outside the classroom” still have a significant impact in the classroom.  Professional development is Read the full article…