Take Time to Find Time with Process Improvement

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leader-roundtable-studer-educationWe could all use some extra hours in the day.  At Studer Education, as we work with leaders around the country, we are frequently asked for time management tips.  Our Studer Education team has learned that process improvement is the most effective time-saver.

When you take a moment to think about the tasks and responsibilities that consume your time, you might also find yourself thinking, “There has to be a better way.”  The good news: there probably is a better way. The first step in successful process improvement is to realize and identify the process in need of improvement. High-performing leaders then engage key process stakeholders to define improvements that will achieve the same outcome while saving time. By connecting you to the work of our partners, we highlight two processes that save time and help you get the work completed in an efficient and effective way.

  • Stoughton Area School District (WI) leaders have adopted an efficient process for engaging new employees in 30 and 90 day conversations. The forms utilized and pre-determined schedule provide leaders with a structured and protected time to re-recruit and connect with new hires, which helps save time in the end.
  • The CESA #9 process of organizing each meeting with an Evidence-Based Leadership agenda creates a streamlined model for communicating expectations and maintaining alignment.  This approach not only drives the work of the leadership team, but also helps reduce the need for course-correction around essential pillars and priorities.

As you reflect on processes in your district, consider where leaders might find time through process improvement.  How much time could you win back if your department modified one process this year?  Select one from our partner examples or one that aligns to your immediate needs. Improve a process and save valuable time.

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Today’s post by Dr. Janet Pilcher, Executive Leader and Managing Director of Studer Education. Subscribe to Studer Education’s Leadership Development Newsletter here. Learn more about process and continuous improvement practices by attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.

Studer Education partners with education systems to achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders 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. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Measure the Important Things || Use #Data for Continuous Improvement

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When a school district implements evaluation measures a new and different perspective on systems improvement is formed within the district. It begins when a district identifies annual goals, and then cascades these goals through departments and schools through the identification of short cycle goals and progress monitoring measures. As a result, districts use data to inform performance decisions, as described below by one superintendent:

We are data focused and data driven. All procedures and decisions that we make, we are sure to tie back to data. For example, we do a state-wide test every year; we were measuring one data point, but we were using no other data points for seeing how our students were achieving. We now understand the need to gather additional data points and do this quarterly across the district…

The statement, “We now understand the need to gather additional data points,” grounds systems improvement from a progress-monitoring perspective. This was echoed at this year’s What’s Right in Education as captured in this tweet:

data-1Education leaders see the district’s progress toward annual goals across the year so that adjustments can be made. Adjustments may align to the initiatives that align to the short cycle goals or the actions/strategies for each initiatives. For a school district to improve and move toward excellence, every school and every department must achieve excellence.

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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. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. During the month 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.

Learn more about attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.

Studer Education partners with education systems to achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders 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. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

Modeling a Culture of Continuous Improvement begins with Leadership #WRIE

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Modeling a culture of continuous improvement begins with leadership. Some takeaways from What’s Right in Education #WRIE Superintendent and School Board panel featuring leaders from Florida, South Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.

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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. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. During the month 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.

Learn more about attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.

Studer Education partners with education systems to achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders 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. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

 

Drive Performance #EdLeaders, Every Day Counts. #WRIE

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Leaders and teachers are under tremendous pressure to perform, yet most school districts (and organizations in general) struggle with performance management. This means we may not even begin to think about driving performance of our high and solid performing colleagues because we spend all our time “managing” low performers.

Performance Conversations Research from Straight A Leadership Assessment shows that 52% of people  who are not meeting performance expectations are aware of it. This means the remaining 48% are not only not aware of it, but they do not have a corrective action plan to improve performance

Where to begin? First, diagnose; determine which category members of your team fall into: low, solid, or high performers. In a video on driving performance, Studer says that we often move into the second phase (treatment) too quickly without first effectively diagnosing individuals’ levels of performance. What’s the importance of first diagnosing? From Maximize Performance:

For the most part, we’ve found there are some proven ways to deal with each type of performer to move the organization to the next level. And deal with them we must, because less than optimal performance can have a devastating effect.

Continuous ImprovementOne important lesson is that moving low performers up or out of an organization heavily influences whether it can move from bad to good, good to great, or sustain greatness. It’s a message also delivered by Jim Collins in Good to Great when he stresses getting the right people on the bus, and in the right seat, and the wrong ones off! The same holds true for school systems seeking to improve performance. Begin today. Diagnose.

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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. In 2016, more than 200 educational leaders attended. During the month 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.

Learn more about attending Studer Education’s What’s Right in Education for cross-district leadership teams or Destination High Performance for executive leaders by emailing Erica at Erica.Callaway@StuderEducation.com or Ryan at Ryan.Hess@StuderEducation.com.

Our mission at Studer Education is to assist education systems achieve measurable results that produce positive outcomes in student achievement, employee engagement, support services, and financial efficiencies and productivity. The goal of our work with school districts and executive leaders 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. Visit us online at http://studereducation.com. Studer Education is a division of Studer Group and a recipient of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award.

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.