Maximize the potential of each student
with the resources you have
As a superintendent, cabinet member, principal, dean or educator in a district or higher education institution, your goal is to bring forward the highest potential in each student and leave none behind. But in an era of tighter budgets, reduced staff and limited resources, your challenges are compounded. School performance, satisfaction and educational effectiveness are under increasing scrutiny from students, faculty, staff, parents, board members, unions and legislatures, yet time and resources to respond to challenges and initiatives are greatly reduced. Organizational misalignment, poor communications, inconsistencies or misunderstood expectations in this sensitive environment magnifies your challenges exponentially.
Alignment and organizational effectiveness facilitated through the Orgametrics® Process helps you get your teams on track to achieve the goals and objectives that you have set. You will be able to recognize the gaps in your institutional structure and communications, and have new clarity on strategies to quickly implement sustainable improvement actions. Your alignment efforts are a key component to the improvement of the metrics you care about, including educational outcomes, retaining students, attracting qualified teachers and faculty, parent interaction or even organizational enthusiasm. And, with Orgametrics®, you will have the quantifiable data you need to document and present a portrait of improved institutional performance, effectiveness and stakeholder satisfaction.
How Does Orgametrics® Work for Educational Institutions?
John Groenke, head of our Education Practice, has been involved in education his entire career. John works with K-12 and post-secondary institutions to understand their hopes and dreams around serving their students and uses data from an Orgametrics® Assessment to craft alignment journey plans and to help leaders ingrain key concepts into their daily routines. The results are organizations that better serve their constituents, save money and build better communities.
Scoring the 9 dimensions
Your Orgametrics® score serves as a benchmark on how well your organization is aligned in the 9 different dimensions that are measured. It is then used to measure progress after an action plan has been executed. The dimensions are Mission & Vision, Accountability, Teamwork, Development, Empowerment, Leadership, Communication, Best Practices and Creativity.
Education Leader Stories
Greater Alignment Allows this District to Focus on Needs vs. Wants
Dr. Ayindé Rudolph of the Mountain View-Whisman (CA) School District wanted to learn how well his district was connected with their recently completed Strategic Plan.
As a result of their Orgametrics® journey towards greater alignment, the District was able to see how they could save $250,000 by eliminating a good program that was a want, but not a need. This allowed them to allocate the money towards other critical needs.
Orgametrics® Assessment Insights Bring Increased Staff Performance
Julie Critz, Superintendent of Alexandria (MN) Public Schools, had many ways to measure student performance. However, she wanted to find ways to see how staff was performing.
Insights gained from multiple Orgametrics® Assessments have helped her develop and refine ways each school and the district can communicate and work in closer connection with their Strategic Plan.
A large suburban K-12 school district just completed a bond levy and a new strategic plan. The Superintendent wanted to understand to what extent employees understood and were bought into the new strategic plan.
The district had been facing changing demographics, stagnant and decreasing standardized test scores and student enrollment drops. The superintendent knew he needed to find ways to have employees connect with the new strategic plan and implement true adaptive change. School principals had developed their own strategic plans and they lacked coordination and consistency across the schools and the district office.
The district engaged in the Orgametrics process. Their assessment indicated where misalignment and ineffectiveness were occurring down to the school and role level. Gaps were seen between the assistant superintendent and principal level.
The district went through a variety of group sessions for their leadership to help them better understand alignment and develop plans to enhance that in their areas. The Cabinet met with their teams regularly to assess progress and make appropriate adjustments. They also set up a pilot school with an engaged principal to do additional alignment work within her school.
During the middle of first year of the Orgametrics process, we compared test scores by school with Orgametrics scores. There was strong correlation between test scores and alignment. When a re-assessment was completed, we saw how an increase in Orgametrics® Scores also correlated with changes in test scores. The pilot school showed some of the greatest alignment and test score jumps.
The Superintendent took on a new role with large urban district. The Board was so impressed with what had been happening with the district that they didn’t open up a search and placed the chief Assistant Superintendent into the role for a 2-year interim contract.
Team Members familiar with Education
John is a system-thinking leader with 26 years of experience leading schools to exceptional results, including taking a misaligned, failing school to become a successful Celebration eligible school. John also has spent the last decade through his Center for Transforming Education Leadership developing principals and superintendents to become more impactful leaders. John’s style is collaborative and centered on lifting all levels of an organization to greatness.
Erik has 15 years of experience developing and inspiring youth through sport, mentoring coaches to embody leadership principles and has taught international finance in Hamline University’s MBA program. Erik’s experience and coaching style is focused on getting leaders to learn how to see differently, practice new techniques, ingrain learnings into daily work and measure the impact on a company.
Joe has extensive experience working with our education clients assessing their alignment and developing plans to increase their effectiveness. His prior experience of doing the same with individuals and groups has enabled our clients to challenge themselves while making efforts reasonable given current demands.