COVID-19 Planning & Implementation Framework for Districts and Schools

The COVID-19 planning and implementation framework is designed to support strategic planning and innovation as schools and districts learn fast and adjust to an interim stage of recovery and then look to the long-term. The questions included below are not inclusive of the host of complex decisions and actions schools and district will undertake; rather, the purpose is to articulate …

Where is your room to improve?

There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business. – Oscar De La Hoya Whether you are new in your role or an expert, there is always room to improve. The question is “where should we invest time and resources to get the best improvement and results for our students?” The answer to this …

How do I know what works?

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. – Zoa Neale Hurston How do most people learn about and identify a new strategy or approach? You guessed it, by referral through personal networks. While this is a reliable method (depending on the size of your network), there is a better way. Just like using Angie’s List …

Pick a narrow set of priorities (or just one)!

“Focusing is about saying no.” -Steve Jobs The MetLife Middle School Principal of the year in 2013 spent eight years turning around her Title I school in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with historically low performance. Principal Barron knew that she needed to make some major changes, but she wasn’t sure where to start.  She recognized that she needed to …