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Do You Know Your NPS??

As the diversity of learning options for families continues to explode, fewer families choose to go to their neighborhood school just because it is close.  While I don't have national data for ALL schools, I think we know that the most important driver of school selection is word-of-mouth.  What we hear from our friends, family, [...]

By | 2018-08-31T16:10:19+00:00 August 31st, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Shovel Faster??

There is one simple reason that coal-fired steam engines in trains and ships were rapidly replaced by oil-fired, then diesel, electric, and even nuclear power.  No matter how fast you shovel, you can't make that steam engine go any faster. This is my new favorite picture for K-12 educators.  We reached the limit of effective [...]

By | 2018-08-30T21:28:55+00:00 August 30th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Schools and Malls

A short post, inspired by the daily sharing of Seth Godin, who was kind enough to spend a half hour with me on the phone this week. (It is a pretty great day when your daughter texts, "Seth Godin made dinner for us; he's really a great guy and is interested in what you are [...]

By | 2018-08-11T15:46:28+00:00 August 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

School Futures Lie in Strategy

As we get ready to launch a new learning year, let’s laser-focus on a very simple reality: Schools, like every other organization that lives in a competitive marketplace, have just two “keys to sustainable success” according to strategy guru Michael Porter: good strategy and highly effective operational systems. Operational effectiveness means that your school is [...]

Great Resources for Proficiency-Based Learning via Mark Seigel

I am increasingly getting questions and queries something like: "Where do I go for resources on performance-based and competency-based learning?"  I am not the expert on these by any means, which is why I can point you to someone who has been preaching and leading in these areas for decades and is sharing frequently-updated resources [...]

By | 2018-08-06T15:51:52+00:00 August 6th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Does Culture Always Eat Strategy for Breakfast??

Does culture really eat strategy for breakfast? This Peter Drucker dictum has been at the top of the organizational Ten Commandments for several decades; I often use the quote, and the slide is in my slide deck. It seems to be right for so many reasons. At some point during our Strategic Change Accelerator with [...]

By | 2018-07-18T19:15:57+00:00 July 18th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Great Podcast: Why, What, and How of School Change…Even at Best Schools

I absolutely could not give the rationale nor tell the story of school transformation better than Tim Quinn and Liz Schmitt of Miss Porter's School on this podcast with Peter Baron and Hans Mundahl of Enrollment Management Association. I was honored to be able to help guide MPS over the last year as they began to [...]

Havasupai School in Need Hides in Desert Paradise

When we see people and places in need, do we stop, ask questions, and help? Or do we walk on by, assuming someone else will take care of the problem, hope it will go away, or silently give thanks that we are better off?  What problems do you have at your school that can even [...]

Video of My Commencement Speech in May

I shared what I think are some very key messages in this commencement speech last month; hopefully it might help in some discussions at your school over the summer and kicking off the new school year in the fall! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JfhrbtoVVR0&feature=youtu.be

By | 2018-06-19T03:53:54+00:00 June 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments