Fall Newsletter 2023

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In the post- Covid Era, school districts continue to set new goals and face new challenges.  Our latest newsletter documents some of the ways that districts have successfully met those challenges using process and collaboration. Also, our Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education is announced!

Fall Newsletter – October 2023

Spring Newsletter 2023

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In our latest newsletter, we share the work of districts on wide-reaching issues such as student assessment, facilities usage, strategic planning and organizational structure as exemplars of the potential positive impact of good decision making.       Newsletter – March 2023

Introducing TregoED's Two New Team Members

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TregoED is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to their professional development and consulting team.  Lawrence Harris and Matthew Sipes bring significant insights and experience from their previous leadership positions increasing the capabilities of the TregoED team to reach its mission to help organizations develop the capacity of their greatest resource – their people. Press release Harris Sipes



TregoED Names Two New Board Members

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William Baldwin, Board Chairman of TregoED is pleased to announce that Dr. Chris Lowder and Arthur Mills IV have been selected to serve on the TregoED Board of Directors. Each brings a unique set of experiences and expertise to the Board. Read more.   (photo attribution: Alpha Stock Images – http://alphastockimages.com/)

Staff Shortages- Burnout Prevention and Staff Retention

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Staff shortages due to physical and mental health issues are reaching “epic proportions.” We have collected some interesting articles and resources that address these exponential problems with creative solutions.

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Fall Newsletter 2022

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As we begin the new school year, TregoED highlights the good work being done by districts using critical thinking processes to make the best possible decisions for their children and the community at large.

Fall Newsletter 2022

TregoED Spring Newsletter

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As our workshop participants experience the advantages of having solid tools for decision making and problem solving, leaders witness the enduring value of investing in building the capacity of their staff members.  Educators continue to use our tools in a myriad of ways to help them navigate the unique problems and issues faced in this school year.

Spring 2022 Newsletter

TregoED Fall Newsletter

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Education Leaders continue to work hard to build practices that ensure the success of their staff and students in a VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) world.  We share what they are working on and how process can help in our latest newsletter.

Fall 2021 Newsletter

TregoED Summer Newsletter: District Success Stories and more

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As we close out one of the most challenging school years in history, we celebrate the successes of leaders who used good thinking and collaborative tools to get the best results for their students. In this newsletter, we spotlight schools and education agencies for their hard work and feature some of our new offerings such as micro-credentialing, our new workshop for Special Education – “Functional Behavior Assessments using a Problem Solving Approach” and our white paper “Ever-Ready Leadership in a VUCA World.”

Course Offering: Strategic Decision-Making in a VUCA Environment

Educational leadership faces unprecedented challenges, such as:
• Prudent and effective spending of additional federal funds with maximum ROI
• Successfully addressing learning-loss or learning-lag
• Social Emotional Learning
• Special Education
• Staff Transitioning
There is no “magic bullet” that will give you all the answers, but having the right tools can help you find the answers and successfully meet the challenges your district faces. TregoED’s Decision Analysis training helps district leaders make defensible, high stakes decisions. This workshop offers a unique combination of teaching, practicing and coaching to provide you with the strategic process tool to tackle the toughest challenges ahead. (Beyond the full day training, additional district coaching is available at no cost.)
Note: This training is also available as an In-District PD, which can be customized to your individual district’s needs. (Please email pdteam@esboces.org if interested.)

DATE: Tuesday, August 10, 2021
TIME: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
COST: $299 for subscribers / $349 for non-subscribers
AUDIENCE: District, School, and Teacher Leaders
CTLE: Pedagogy
REGISTER: http://webreg.esboces.org (Out-of-State Districts can register by creating an account and choosing pay by PO)

TregoED Newsletter: District Success Stories

As we hit the one year mark since the Covid 19 Pandemic began, schools continue to work to provide an equitable and appropriate education for the children we serve, while ensuring the safety and well-being of staff and students.  Our most recent newsletter includes spotlights on districts that are using “good thinking” to achieve their goals, tips and tricks gleaned from our Facilitators Community of Practice, and information on our new refreshers courses and Special Education practice.

Spring 2021 Newsletter

Quick Resources for the Difficult Days Ahead

With schools in flux with Covid-19 – here are 3 great resources to help school and district leaders prepare for the difficult days ahead.  Read more


TregoED Newsletter: Sharing Success During these Stormy Times

September 2020 Newsletter (1)

Recorded Webinar: Transitioning Back to School: What could go wrong?

Whether back to school means physically, virtually, or some hybrid of the two—you can protect your plan and ensure a smooth implementation by preparing for the worst. Learn how our four-step Potential Problem Analysis can help you avoid or minimize problems during the school year.

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Recorded Webinar: Transitioning Back to School for Special Education

How can you wrap your arms around the complexity that lies ahead?
How will you approach the next set of challenges and the ones after that?
In this webinar tailored to meet the needs of special education staff we will:
Introduce a tool to help prepare you for returning back to school and beyond
Learn how this flexible tool can be applied in any given situation to approach
  • Individual student problem solving
  • Action planning for complex district/school/student level issues
  • Defensible decision making at the student and district level
  • Structuring real and virtual IEP, Staff and Department meetings

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Recorded Webinar: Guide to Preparing for the Challenges Ahead

WebinarHow to Prepare Your Team for Decision Making During Turbulent Times with Dr. Victor Shandor

Learn tips and procedures for preparing your team for the tough decisions ahead as we return back to school.

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Registration Open for Upcoming Webinar: Approach your Daily Covid Storms with Confidence

How are you weathering the storms of COVID-19 and its effects on your planning each day? We can help ensure you have the tools you need to start the day off right!
Learn a simple way to manage the complexity of the challenges you face simply by clicking the webinar date/time of your choice below:

Recorded Webinar: Transitioning to the Next Normal Part 2: Decision Making

How will you approach complex decisions as we move into the next school year?

What strategic decisions do you need to make?

How can you develop defensible decisions to address the “next normal?”

Planning the next steps forward for schools will involve many high impact, conflict-laden decisions in multiple areas.
• How do we make those decisions with confidence and clarity?
• How do we include stakeholders in a meaningful way?
• What decisions need to be made first?
• What are the risks with substantial change?
In this webinar, we will provide key elements of decision making for district and school leaders as they prepare for the next phase. These strategies will introduce a collaborative, structured approach useful for decisions around budget, staffing, program models, mental health support, transportation, food service, etc.


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Transitioning to the Next Normal Part 2: Collaborative Decision Making Webinar PDF


Webinar: Transitioning to the "Next Normal"-When Students Return

How do you approach your next set of challenges?

What strategic questions do you need to ask?

How can you develop a comprehensive action plan to address the “next normal?”

There is nothing that has been normal about the past few weeks and the challenges this pandemic has presented to schools. It has and continues to challenge every aspect of being a school leader. But one thing we can be sure of, is that we all will soon be facing the challenge of the return to a “next normal.” And the “new normal” presents a multitude of complex issues and decisions that need to be addressed.

In this session, we will provide strategies for district administration, school leaders and teachers to identify, organize and initiate planning for the many complex issues facing schools as they prepare for the return of students. These strategies will help participants use a collaborative, structured approach as they consider issues such as equity around achievement, staffing, curriculum and assessment, mental health issues of students and staff, communication, safety/hygiene protocols, building preparedness, etc.


Slides:  PDF of Transitioning to the Next Normal -When Students Return – ppt slides  

SCAN Template:  Situation Appraisal Worksheet

Meet our New Executive Director

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TregoED is pleased to announce the appointment of Michael Curran‐Hays as the new Executive Director. Michael joins TregoED from Kepner‐Tregoe where he was a Practice Leader, Principal, and member of the KT Board. He led efforts in business process improvement, operational improvement, strategy formulation and capacity‐building with a special focus on regulated industries. Michael has been a member of TregoED’s Board since its inception and has a deep commitment to education and its ability to positively change lives. He hails from a family of educators and began his career as a middle school teacher in Tucson, AZ. Read More…..

TregoEDge Newsletter - What's new, process highlights & more!

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Our May newsletter highlights the great collaborative work going on in the districts we are working with.  This work features TregoED process being used on student achievement, advisory, school start times, curriculum choices, special education and more.

Great decisions reap great results!

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Using TregoED tools, Sewanhaka Central High School District began a long journey to increase student access to technology, that has reaped so many rewards including simplifying accommodations for  special education students, equal access to technology and tools in a diverse socio-economic community, improved testing equity, increased parent communications, etc.  We are proud that our Decision Analysis and Situation Appraisal tools helped them select the best device for this long term project and gave them an implementation plan that ensured their success.  This Case Study describes some of the positive results they are achieving every day.

TregoEDge Newsletter-Process Highlights, Success Stories & More

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Our spring newsletter highlights the great work going on in the school districts we are working with.

TregoED adds Special Education Expertise to Team

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TregoED, providers of collaborative problem-solving and decision-making processes for K-12 education leaders, welcomes Dr.  Alicia Tate to their professional development team.  Alicia is an expert in using process to successfully navigate the complex demands put on today’s education leaders.  She brings a high degree of technical knowledge as well as experience in instructional leadership and using collaborative problem solving in Exceptional (Special) Education. Read more

Newsletter Highlights Fall Success Stories

Our latest newsletter features the power of collaborative decision making and problem solving done by leaders at Tuscaloosa City Schools, Clarke County School District, Cheltenham School District, Colquitt County Schools, NC Principals Fellow Program, and Summit Academy Management.  Also highlighted is our Golden Nugget Series available in the Leadership Portal.

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Great New Resource in our Spring 2018 Newsletter

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Our Spring Newsletter features a link to our most requested resource—our digital process worksheets. Now you can type your collaborative work right into the document and share! Our newsletter also highlights our recent work with Charleston County School District (SC), Richmond County Schools (NC) and Scotland County (NC).

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Problem Analysis Workshop for PA School Leaders through MCIU

We are excited to be partnering with the Montgomery County Intermediate Unit to offer PD that will help school leaders develop problem-solving skills to deal with their most pressing issues. Network and collaborate with other leaders from your area on the unique issues that you face.

*Seats still available for these three sessions:

Friday, April 20, 2018
8:30 am–3:30 pm

Register here

 Invest in the capacity of your leadership team! Please share this opportunity with colleagues!

“School leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact in student learning, according to research.”  The Wallace Foundation


News and Resources for School Leaders: Spring Newsletter 2017

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Our newsletter describes the many unique ways that school leaders have used TregoED processes to improve everything from grading systems to budget recommendations in our success stories, project highlights and latest blog post.  In addition, you can find out about our next open sessions for TregoED workshops, Benjamin B. Tregoe Award Applications, and our latest board news.

Our Fall Newsletter is Here!


Our fall newsletter features districts who are making clear thinking a part of their culture in dealing with issues like student achievement disparities, increasing budget transparency, student behavioral issues and supporting achievement.  Also included are Fall open sessions in New York and Pennsylvania, our latest blog post,and information about our upcoming Community of Practice for TregoED Facilitators.

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Ann Arbor Schools Win 2017 BBT Award for Strategic Leadership

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The Ann Arbor Public School District (AAPS), led by Superintendent Dr. Jeanice K. Swift, has been awarded TregoED’s 2017 Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education.

The award recognizes the district’s comprehensive and diligent work in developing a fair and inclusive process to disseminate bond monies by fully evaluating and understanding current conditions, prioritizing immediate needs, detailing what could be included in the budget and developing a long-term vision for each of four selected areas. The project included multiple stakeholder groups and created transparent, meaningful community engagement. According to Jenna Bacolor, Executive Director of the Community Division of AAPS, it has given the district “a model, tools, and staff capacity to use this process in systems change work for years to come.”

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At the Heart of What We Do

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2016 Winter Newsletter

Meeting the challenge of equitable access to technology and using Problem Analysis to focus on closing the achievement gap are just two of the ways that TregoED processes have been used in school districts.  Read our latest newsletter to find out how other districts have benefited from clearer thinking.


Sewanhaka Receives Leadership Award

For the second consecutive year, the district was presented with TregoEd’s Benjamin B. Trego Award for Strategic Leadership in Education.

The award recognizes the district’s comprehensive and diligent work in including multiple stakeholders to develop and implement a plan that increases student access to technology in an equitable and sustainable manner. Read More

TregoED Awards Honor Collaborative use of KT Critical Thinking in Schools

The value of the Kepner-Tregoe problem solving and other critical thinking strategies is not confined to the world of business. Benjamin Tregoe recognized that there were other fields of endeavor where these skills would be of huge value, but where it is likely that budgets would not be available to invest in this type of education. Read More


TregoED Announces 2017 Board Members

TregoED, a leading expert in collaborative decision making and problem solving for school leaders, has announced changes for its board of directors.  Read More

Colorado District 11 recognized for "Strategic Leadership in Education"

Colorado Springs School District 11 is one of three school districts nationwide to receive the 2015 TregoED’s Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education.

The award recognizes “organizational excellence in collaborative problem-solving and innovative use of root-cause analysis in determining significant drivers of student achievement at the school level.”  Read More

Just Released! Better Schools through Better Thinking


Common Issues with Unique Solutions

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2016 Spring Newsletter

Many school districts deal with the same problems and decisions but solutions are often unique to their circumstances.  Read how school districts use a common process to find the solutions that are right for them!


Dealing with Budget, Hiring, and Achievement Gaps

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2015 Fall Newsletter

Using process to deal with tough budget decisions, filling a key leadership position, and determine cause of achievement gaps made these districts stand out as Benjamin B. Tregoe Strategic Leaders in Education.

Cabarrus County Receives Award for Strategic Leadership

Cabarrus County Schools has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Benjamin B. Tregoe Award for Strategic Leadership in Education, which is given to school districts that achieve enduring results using TregoED tools for collaborative problem solving and decision making.  Read More

Lasting Solutions

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Newsletter Spring 2015

Summer Leadership Institute

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Penn Excellence & Equity Consortia
District and School Leadership Institute

July 31 and August 1, 2017


Upper Dublin High School

800 Loch Alsh Ave

Fort Washington, PA 19034

We’re living in exciting, but unprecedented, and challenging educational, social and political times.

  • How well do you feel prepared to lead your schools, districts and communities in the challenging conversations around race, equity, poverty, immigration, politics and school improvement in today’s complex world?
  • Are you equipped with the critical problem-solving and decision-making skills needed to make ethical and effective choices as a part of your daily life in your school or district setting?
  • How do you respond daily to challenging and complex leadership dilemmas that ultimately define who you are- as a respected educational leader, as a member of your community, and a concerned citizen?

This summer the Penn Excellence and Equity Consortia will host a two-day institute for district and school leadership teams that will focus on effectively addressing the “real-life” challenges of leading for equity, and developing dispositions and skills needed to make ethical and effective decisions. The Institute will include a variety of learning experiences led by nationally, regionally and locally recognized leaders (including TregoED’s own Kathy Blackburn) in our equity work in both formal and informal sessions.

To Register click here.