TregoED Blog — Decision Making

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…

Building a Strong Foundation for Budget Decisions and Communications

Making good budget decisions is essential – and so is being able to build understanding and communication around those decision. Using a solid process can lay the groundwork for both.  Not only will it result in better decisions, but it also will give you a framework for clear communication.  To turn a well-known phrase – Read the full article…

Tips for Tackling Triple Squeeze Budget Challenges

The triple squeeze on this year’s budget will make cuts difficult enough – having a good solid process can help you avoid making it feel even worse. According to the research article, The Cost of Covid, district budgets are caught in a triple squeeze caused by:   New COVID-Response Costs – The costs incurred by both Read the full article…

6 Benefits of Shared Decision Making in Turbulent Times

Back in the good old days of 2019, in November and December we were in the thick of it – getting settled into the true rhythm of the typical school year.  There were plenty of decisions to be made, problems to be solved, plans to implement, programs to assess. These days things are a bit Read the full article…

School Leaders: Better Decision Making is in your Grasp

Turns out you CAN fix stupid – even better, avoid it in the first place! “Good people make good decisions and bad people make bad decisions.”  Do you agree with this statement?  Probably not – I’m guessing we all have enough life experience to know that good people sometimes make bad decisions, and vice versa.  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…

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…

How to Make a Big Decision

In a recent opinion piece in the New York Times, the headline reads “How to Make a Big Decision-Have no fear. An emerging science can now help you choose.”  In fact, the science of making better decisions emerged in the 1950’s when Dr. Charles Kepner and Dr. Benjamin Tregoe, while working for the Rand Corporation, 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…