Join Authors from #Baldrige Award-Winning Organization—New Publication Will Revolutionize American Education

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WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Join the authors of the ground-breaking Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture of Educational Excellence at a live press conference on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park at 11:00 am. Register for the event and find additional resources at http://www.studereducation.com/DC/.

At this event, co-authors Quint Studer, Founder of Studer Group, 2010 Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Recipient, and Janet Pilcher, Executive Leader for Studer Education, will showcase their new book that teaches educational leaders how to leverage the powerful values that have always defined educators – passion, fortitude, willingness to learn – to meet the challenges of a disruptive external environment and to restore a community’s trust in its public schools. Quint and Janet will share successes of leaders and school districts that have applied continuous systems improvement processes to make a difference in the lives of teachers, staff, students and their families. Real district examples throughout the book showcase how to effectively engage stakeholders, raise employee morale, improve service and find financial efficiencies – all to improve student learning and outcomes. Together, Quint and Janet lay out the framework, principles, processes, and tactics that hardwire excellence in educational systems while growing a culture of consistent, reliable execution that drives quality higher and produces a measurable impact in American education.

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To learn more, visit http://www.studereducation.com/DC or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter: @JanetPilcher and @Quint_Studer. To talk with a Studer Education team member about the event contact Dr. KK Owen, 850-748-0212 or karen.owen@studereducation.com.

Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award and a leading service provider for improving education and healthcare outcomes in organizations throughout the world. Studer Group coaches have partnered with more than 1,000 organizations to help them achieve exceptional results while sustaining and accelerating success over time. Using an evidence-based leadership framework, Studer Education coaches support the critical work of school systems by helping leaders align organizational goals, behaviors, and processes to increase employee and community engagement, to create great school and district cultures, and to continuously improve the quality of education and services provided to all stakeholders.

“Nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave their classrooms within 5 years” via @NPR

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“Nearly half of all beginning teachers will leave their classrooms within five years, only to be replaced by another fresh-faced educator” Phillips (read full interview here) and scholar Richard Ingersoll says “one of the main factors is the issue of voice, and having a say, and being able to have input into the key decisions in the building that affect a teacher’s job” (here via Phillips, NPR). As educational leaders and teacher-leaders, it’s up to us to do something about this—as Ingersoll puts it, “This is an issue of management.”

The professional field of education has always dealt with change, but the environment we’re navigating now requires change at a new level. We’ve moved from experiencing episodic change to continuous change—and as John Kotter has famously noted, that requires a whole different set of skills and a whole different level of urgency. Quite simply, educational leaders must coach and support teachers to leverage the powerful values that have always defined educators and to meet the challenges of education’s disruptive external environment; in addition, they must coach and support to create a learning environment where teachers are successful and students learn.

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It’s our time, leaders, to provide teachers with clear expectations and defined priorities, invest in their development, recognize them for high performance, and set an expected consistency of leadership from them to be successful. We know it’s hard work, especially in today’s world of continuous change. To survive and thrive—to recruit and retain new and experienced teachers with passion and purpose—we need to perform at an even higher level.

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Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher will help education leaders engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at http://www.studereducation.com/MP. Follow the authors on Twitter using @quint_studer and @janetpilcher and join them in Washington, D.C., for dinner.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

#MaximizePerformance: It’s The Right Thing To Do

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Maximize PerformanceLeaders in high-performing organizations know when an action is the right thing to do. In these organizations, leaders didn’t take for granted that people automatically knew why a change was being made. They spent time explaining why decisions were made, and they frequently and deliberately connected employees back to purpose, worthwhile work, and making a difference.

Leaders often implement an employee engagement survey and use the results to provide teachers and staff with a work environment  that supports them in reaching their highest potential. This message is reinforced in the survey’s introductory paragraph. Below is an example:

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It’s easy to see how this translates to education when we recognize the actions of high-performing leaders in successful school districts. These superintendents live out the five factors of relentlessness, accountability, development, communication, and connecting to purpose.

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Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher will help education leaders engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at http://www.studereducation.com/MP. Follow the authors on Twitter using @quint_studer and @janetpilcher and join them in Washington, D.C., for dinner.

Studer Group. 2005. Organizational Change Processes in High-Performing Organizations: In-Depth Case Studies with Healthcare Facilities. Gulf Breeze, FL: Alliance for Healthcare Research.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

#MaximizePerformance: Engage in Employee Forums

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Maximize PerformanceHigh-performing organizations make a real commitment to employee communication, not only at the department level but also at the administrative level. In a study of high-performing organizations, every organization conducted employee forums or town hall meetings led by senior leaders, thus allowing employees to hear key messages, be informed on key issues, and focus on what they can do to improve.

Here’s an example from Arlington Independent School District (TX):

Dr. Marcelo Cavazos, Superintendent of Arlington Independent School District, exemplifies commitment to fostering transparent and open communication with leaders, teachers, and staff. During their monthly and quarterly meetings, Dr. Cavazos communicates key information to staff in an uncommon way. In each session, he presents key information and data, and connects strongly back to the district’s goals by continuously repeating, “Failing to improve is not an option.” But, Dr. Cavazos doesn’t just deliver his message; he also fosters interaction and feedback among his staff. he always ends his presentations by asking for questions. To ensure that his inquiry is sincere, he remains silent until people ask questions or make comments. he does not adjourn the meeting until all questions have been asked and answered.

In our work with organizations, we find that when leaders have good communication skills, they also apply effective strategies to reward and recognize employees. High-performing organizations realize that people are more engaged and willing to go the extra mile when leaders frequently express their appreciation—in person, in thank-you notes, or both.

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Maximize Performance: Creating a Culture for Educational Excellence by Quint Studer and Janet Pilcher will help education leaders engage in systematic reviews to diagnose, apply, assess, and validate the execution of strategies across school, department, and school system levels. Learn more about Maximize Performance at http://www.studereducation.com/MP. Follow the authors on Twitter using @quint_studer and @janetpilcher and join them in Washington, D.C., for dinner.

Studer Group. 2005. Organizational Change Processes in High-Performing Organizations: In-Depth Case Studies with Healthcare Facilities. Gulf Breeze, FL: Alliance for Healthcare Research.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

@Huron Named One of @Forbes America’s Best Employers 2015

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Why is this headline important? Because, Google’s HR Chief Laszlo Bock tells Forbes (cite),

There’s intense global competition for the best, most creative minds who are able to create the biggest, most important things, and that’s going to continue accelerating. That’s why it becomes even more important to create a kind of workplace where people want to be.

 

Of the recognition, Huron’s CEO and President James Roth focused on company culture and Huron’s talented employees, stating (cite),

“Our talented people and unique culture provide the foundation for a collaborative workplace that focuses on delivering value to our clients while maintaining a positive work/life balance and an energized and engaged employee base. This award is purely the result of the talent of our people and their focus on creating a robust work environment that emphasizes professional development, client service, and community responsibility. To be recognized as one of the best employers in the nation is an honor that we are all proud of.”

In education, we have a lot to learn from these leaders and their award-winning companies. Their messages and actions translate to education: Education leaders must have a great desire to move from good to great; Education leaders must see value in continuous systems improvement; and Education leaders must engage employees to build and sustain a culture of high performance.

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O’Conner, Clare. March 25, 2015. America’s Best Employers 2015. Forbes. Accessed online here.

Press Release. April 15, 2015. Huron Consulting Group Named One of America’s Best Employers by Forbes. Accessed online here.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Our goal is to help school systems provide students with a great place to learn, teachers with a great place to teach, and parents with confidence that their children are getting a great education. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for the seventh straight year on the Best Small and Medium Workplaces by Great Place to Work® and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

 

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