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Topic: Continuous Improvement

Green STEM: STEM as It's Meant to Be

Green STEM: STEM as It's Meant to Be

Roland Quitugua, a leading scientist in the U.S. territory of Guam, stood before a room of 60 public school teachers, describing his tireless efforts to eradicate a devastating problem on the tiny island in the Western Pacific: the Coconut Rhinoceros Beetle. Holding an embroidery hoop with a three centimenter black... Read the full article >
Systematic Change in Education Begins with a New Vision for Professional Development

Systematic Change in Education Begins with a New Vision for Professional Development

In his now-classic book The Fifth Discipline, Peter Senge describes systems thinking as a “discipline for seeing wholes.” It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static snapshots. “Systems thinking,” Senge writes, “offers a language that begins by restructuring how we... Read the full article >
Transformational Leadership - A Matter of Perspective

Transformational Leadership - A Matter of Perspective

Transformational schools and transformational leadership are terms easily and readily applied to educational institutions and leaders who are perceived, but not often verified, to have experienced or facilitated positive changes. An improved school climate, increased student achievement, more involved stakeholders, more rigorous instruction, and/or fluid and transparent communications are expected... Read the full article >
Transition to a Catholic School District

Transition to a Catholic School District

The journey from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) model of our past to recognition by AdvancED as a School District has been an evolving process for the Office of Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Richmond, VA. Having the distinction of being the first Catholic diocese to... Read the full article >
The Road to Meeting Individual Learners' Needs

The Road to Meeting Individual Learners' Needs

The charge to “transform the educational delivery system to better and more efficiently meet the needs of all students” has been the quest of the Kettle Moraine School District since I began serving as superintendent in this high achieving, blue-ribbon school system over five years ago. What is transformation? How... Read the full article >
Five Hallmarks for the School Culture You Want

Five Hallmarks for the School Culture You Want

Culture is reflective of people, environment, beliefs, and actions, often on a very small scale. Collectively, these are the elements that define culture, “the way things are done around here.” Regardless of how similar students, teachers, and schools may be, each and every school has its own culture, because all... Read the full article >
How States Can Meet the Challenge of College and Career Readiness

How States Can Meet the Challenge of College and Career Readiness

Continuous Improvement Approach It seems simple enough. All states need to do to meet the challenge of college and career readiness for all students is to align all the systems that support the goal. After all, systems alignment is a business principle that has been recognized as effective for decades.... Read the full article >
Reputation, Re-enrollment, Results

Reputation, Re-enrollment, Results

The late Stephen M. R. Covey, in his 2006 book The Speed of Trust, notes that in a high-trust ethos, everything is more efficient. Covey builds this theme throughout the book with the idea that leaders of organizations have the power, the responsibility and the ability to engender high trust.... Read the full article >
Mission as a Measurement of Success

Mission as a Measurement of Success

How does the mission of the Archdiocese of Chicago drive success for both our schools and students? We “know” in our committed hearts that mission is at the core of our success, but can we prove it? The Mission Like all schools and school systems, the mission and vision statements,... Read the full article >
The Promise of Performance Assessment … and the Challenges

The Promise of Performance Assessment … and the Challenges

In all ages, whether digital or pre-digital, the measurement of student success must be driven by the education outcomes we value and the type of evidence that best demonstrates success. More than ever before, the time is ripe for performance assessment … if we can overcome the challenges. During AdvancED’s... Read the full article >