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A simpler approach

It always amazes me how early in the school year that schools commence to plan for the following year.  I’ve spoken to several School Leaders lately who have fervently begun their 2019 strategic preparations.

It really is a credit to their dedication and commitment to not only the students they teach now, but also the students they’ll teach in the future.

But wow – hasn’t the sheer volume of documentation involved, in both the necessary and the mandated strategic plans of the contemporary school, exploded in recent years?

It’s almost as though we’ve weighed our priorities equal for some reason and decided that even the most miniscule elements of school leadership and management require their own strategic process.  It makes it tough to identify the priorities and whether they actually fit within our purpose.

I was recently interviewed by measurement expert Stacey Barr.  Stacey is not only a friend and colleague.  I also consider her to be Australia’s leading authority on measuring effectiveness, establishing priority and making strategy relevant.

Before you spend the inordinate amount of time that all schools spend developing strategic plans and performance measures, I want to recommend to you that you invest just a little time watching the video and pondering Stacey’s PuMP approach.

I’ll end this newsletter here, as I don’t want to consume any more of your time distracting you from Stacey’s groundbreaking work.

This one might just change the strategy game for your school.  Enjoy!


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