School leaders need a partner who understands just what it takes to shift a school culture, improve outcomes, and deliver results. Our institutional solutions help teachers and teams manage change, build capacity, and increase harmony.
Built around genuine needs, our institutional consulting solutions focus on driving change efforts that last and have a real, positive impact on student achievement. We know from experience that change is difficult and leading any organization into the future successfully takes courage, belief, skill and planning. On the way, it helps to have an experienced partner - one who can see things from a different perspective, help navigate around or overcome obstacles, or keep you focused on the important when the urgent typically prevails. While all of our consulting solutions are built around our clients' needs, the following are some of the areas where we have a proven track record of success with local and international schools.
Managing Innovation, Change and Transformation
Schools that successfully innovate have one thing in common – they are good at managing change and transformation. However, school leaders have to recognize that not all change is ‘equal’ and that even small changes can impact the whole school’s ecosystem in unanticipated ways.
In this program, participants explore the key differences between incremental and disruptive innovation. Participants will also be provided with support and tools to re-imagine the changes they may need to make, the planning required, the institutional learning necessary and the levels of communication needed for successful innovation.
Building a Culture and Climate of Collaboration
Most school leaders recognize that ‘organizational culture’ exists and that it plays a critical role in shaping behavior in their schools. However, many will also tell you that they are not sure ‘how’ it influences that behavior – or whether they have any (real) control over it.
This program begins by addressing these very issues and the importance of values, beliefs and relationships across schools. In line with the conventional wisdom on innovation and change, participants explore why the culture of any school should always be learning and developing – and draw on the ideas behind the Professional Learning Community (PLC) to demonstrate how school teams and leaders can help create and build a climate of collaboration and professional learning.
Using Strategic Thinking and Planning
Strategic thinking in education goes beyond looking at ‘what is’ – it involves imagining what could be, taking a fresh look at where a school is going and how it might get there. This approach to school imagineering also needs to be implemented within an effective planning, monitoring and evaluation cycle.
This program looks at the habits of true strategic thinkers and the processes they use to breathe life into the plans they develop – from the questions they ask to the tools they use to evaluate options and implement their visions. Participants will also be familiarized with elements and components of strategic planning processes that promote school-wide learning across these steps.
Planning Institutional Effectiveness, Quality and Accreditation Initiatives
Institutional effectiveness and matters of quality assurance lie at the heart of how a school knows to what extent it is achieving its mission and goals. As more and more schools and institutions explore their accreditation options, they are keen to develop cyclical processes in which continuous improvements and refinements to their systems ensure that the needs, purpose and mission of the school are being met.
This program familiarizes participants with the standards and processes of validation used by various accreditation bodies, in addition to the driving questions frequently used to frame institutional effectiveness initiatives – questions that place student learning and achievement at the heart of program improvement.
Client and Stakeholder Program Evaluation Design and Implementation
Effective school leaders know that getting different perspectives on school processes, systems and behavior can be a powerful method for reflection. Working with the people whose views are considered relevant and helpful can be a driving force behind understanding our schools, increasing our choices and making decisions about any innovations or changes we might want to make.
This program exposes participants to best practices in client and stakeholder feedback, effective qualitative survey methodologies, and feedback analysis. Packed with tips and hints, the program helps participants obtain the best possible feedback from learners, teachers and a wide range of stakeholders inside and outside the school community.
Facilitating Curriculum, Testing and Assessment Renewal
There’s a well-known joke in educational circles about leading change in the areas of curriculum and assessment – it’s harder than ‘herding cats’! Does curriculum and assessment renewal have to be this painful? This is the core question we address in this program.
We start from the basic assumption that a well-designed curriculum and assessment matrix can provide opportunities to innovate, raise achievement levels and, most importantly, inspire and excite learners and their teachers. Participants are taken through a guided process of what makes an effective curriculum and assessment framework and provided with the tools to evaluate their current practices – and plan for changes in how learning can be organized at a school level.