WRIE Evidence Based Leadership @StuderEducation

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Each year in August Studer Education showcases select partners and school district executives at What’s Right in Education in Chicago. This month, more than 200 educational leaders attended. Over the next couple weeks we’ll share some of the Twitter feed (#WRIE) takeaways from the event which highlight how school district leaders are all in, all of the time when it comes to improving their school districts and their students’ learning experience. Today’s focus is Evidence Based Leadership.

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Why Evidence-Based Leadership? Why What’s Right in Education? Great education leaders show our school board leaders, school leaders, teachers, staff, and our students and parents that we care about their well-being. In doing so, we connect with the hearts and minds of those we lead, and in turn, we provide “life opportunities” to the kids we serve. Leader behavior, grounded in Evidence-Based Leadership, means we are proactive to solve problems in an execution framework and maximize performance through continuous improvement. When we do these things, we champion great places to work, learn, and achieve.

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Our mission at Studer Education is to 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. For more information about building a culture of high-performance in your education system contact Ryan Hess at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation.

Mentor New Teachers, Leaders || #StuderEdTips

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EmployeeEngagementHigh performing leaders know they really can do a task more quickly and effectively and it’s easy to let new employees just observe. However, the best way for employees to learn and grow their skills is to complete tasks themselves with coaching and support from their leader.

Great leaders intentionally create structures and processes that produce transparent results in their organizations—results that create passion in their employees and organizational cultures in which employees have purpose, do worthwhile work, and make a difference.

Mentor New Teachers, Leaders. The first few months are critical for new teachers and leaders. Consider conducting 30- and 90-day one-on-one meetings with new hires to your school district. In addition, establish a mentor to new hires. Leaders of new employees play an important role in their overall happiness. By providing a mentor, and conducting 30- and 90-day conversations, leaders show new teachers and leaders that they are interested in and have a sense of ownership for their personal success.

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Adapted from The Great Employee Handbook by Quint Studer. The book is available at https://www.firestarterpublishing.com.

Our mission at Studer Education is to 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. For more information about building a culture of high-performance in your school district connect with us on Twitter @StuderEducation or visit http://StuderEducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Execution of Leading Practices Paves Way to Culture of High Performance

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“It’s not a matter of knowing what to do…it is the execution of how.” This is a quote from Quint Studer, founder of Studer Group, in a September article in Becker’s Hospital Review (Dunn, 09.05.2013). Studer is not alone in his focus on execution. Brandon Dixon of the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, the Double A affiliate of the Cincinnati Reds, has seen his per game batting average steadily increase over the last 10 games, from .263 to .317, moving to .471 overall. Recent articles headline his bat coming alive with titles, “Dixon goes yard twice again for Wahoos: Reds infielder plates five runs in second straight two-homer outing” (MiLB) and Dixon’s reflective practice to higher performance:

“You can just kind of tell [when things are good], by how your outs are, if you’re making hard outs, drawing walks, seeing the ball well… It’s not necessarily just based on hits or stuff like that. The entire scope of [each at bat] lets you know you’re feeling pretty good and trying to keep it rolling.”

DixonIndeed, Dixon at bat is “feeling pretty good” for the Blue Wahoos and moves manager Pat Kelly to be committed to getting the high-performing slugger into the daily lineup. Of course, for Kelly and the first place Wahoos it’s more than getting high performing players on the field  if they want to continue to stay at the top of the league; and for educational leaders it’s more than getting high performing employees “on the bus” and “in the right seat” on the bus.

Once we recruit and retain high performing employees, the challenge for us as educational leaders is to align our actions and our district practices to five practices common among high-performing organizations, and then execute them. Five practices common among one industry’s high-performing organizations as identified by Studer (Dunn, 09.05.2013) are:

1. Executive and senior leadership commitment.

2. Leadership evaluation and accountability.

3. Leadership institutes and training.

4. Communication and employee forums.

5. Know this was the right thing to do.

As educational leaders we must think about and describe how our district or school embodies these five practices. In doing so, we:

  • identify how each practice is executed,
  • describe “what right looks like” for each practice,
  • identify a metric or measurement for each practice,
  • identify individual responsible, and
  • reflect on how well our organization executes each practice.

Why? When we do these things we show our colleagues (school board leaders, school leaders, teachers, and school staff) that we as leaders care about their well-being. We must connect with the hearts and minds of those we lead. In turn, they allow us to be proactive about solving problems in an execution (evidence-based leadership) framework and maximize performance through continuous improvement. When we do these things, we champion great places to work, learn, and achieve.

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Photo Cite: Screen shot of Dixon statistics via MiLB.com accessed online 6.4.2016 here.

Maun, Tyler. (06.01.2016). Dixon goes yard twice again for Wahoos. Reds infielder plates five runs in second straight two-homer outing. Accessed on MiLB.com online 6.4.2016 here.

Dunn, Lindsey. (09.05.2013). Building a Culture That Works: 5 Traits of High-Performing Healthcare Organizations. Becker’s Hospital Review. Accessed online 6.4.2016 here.

Our mission at Studer Education is to 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. For more information about building a culture of high-performance in your education system contact Dr. Janet Pilcher at Janet.Pilcher@StuderEducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Answer the Call to Become a Teacher

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These are the words of Ms. Lillian Pfluke one of our TeacherReady® teachers. Is it you?

“I had 30 years of experience working with young people, but had never been a classroom teacher.”

Ms. Pfluke is one of more than 900 TeacherReady® alumni teaching in 49 different states and 71 countries. As a second career teacher, Ms. Pfluke started as a middle school mathematics teacher, and has since branched out to high school physics and physical education. When asked about her journey to becoming an educator, Ms. Pfluke responded, “I absolutely love my job, my school, and the kids I have the privilege to teach at the American School of Paris.”

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I’ve heard it said many times, “To be an educator is a special calling.” I believe this is true for great teachers and great leaders who choose to work in K12 education. They are the ones who work tirelessly to help students learn, grow, and achieve, the ones who make sure parents are satisfied with their children’s learning experience, the ones who never give up. After 30 years of working with young people, Ms. Pfluke answered the call to become a great teacher in the classroom.

The teaching profession benefits from experienced professionals choosing to teach. More importantly, students benefit. We hope that you connect with Ms. Pfluke’s experience and that teaching becomes a career option for you and other individuals who may have never considered it before.

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Many, many thanks to Ms. Lillian Pfluke for sharing her experience with readers of Teaching Today and What’s Right. We thank her for choosing to teach and broadening the academic experiences of her students.

TeacherReady® is state approved online alternative certification program and is the Educator Preparation Institute of the NCATE accredited Professional Education Unit at the University of West Florida. Upon completion of TeacherReady, individuals earn a professional teaching certificate from the State of Florida. Visit the TeacherReady website or connect with them on Facebook or phone 850.432.7051 for more information about TeacherReady®.

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 sixth 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.

#ThankYouThursday is All the Buzz around @Southlacc Today

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MASTERLOGO LOGOHave you heard? It’s #ThankYouThursday! There are many ways to recognize exemplary colleagues. We recommend that leaders share handwritten thank you notes with their colleagues. The notes should specifically identify the behavior that was recognized by others or by the leader. South Louisiana Community College faculty and staff leaders are encouraging their colleagues to do just that!

Say “Thanks” to someone who’s offered you support or help recently. You can say it with a nice handwritten note, or put it in an email… You can also get creative and include a sweet treat!

Morgen Landry, Advancement Coordinator in Institutional Advancement, and Maria Schexnayder, Graphic/New Media Designer in Communications and Marketing were today’s #ThankYouThursday recipients.

SLCCThankYouThursdayEveryone likes to be recognized and rewarded when they do something good or are helpful. Take the lead, like the faculty and staff leaders at SLCC, and write a quick “thank you” to a colleague; let them know as one of our colleagues recently wrote, “you are a life saver!” or “you provide perspectives from the lens of the total organization, but focus on the individual in the process…” Thank you notes are one way to harvest employee wins. Write one today!

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Special thanks to Christine Payton and the Communications and Marketing department at South Louisiana Community College for providing photos and content of SLCC’s ThankYouThursday to share with What’s Right readers.

Our mission at Studer Education is to help education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student retention and success, service excellence, employee engagement, service excellence, and financial efficiencies and productivity. Follow us on Twitter at @StuderEducation and visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group, ranked for seven straight years 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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