If you’re like most people, you’ve been down the fitness craze path.
- 5am running routine… too little sleep.
- Rollerblading… too many ER trips.
- 8-Minute Abs… kept forgetting.
- Yoga… favorite bit was that little nap at the end.
It takes time and effort to find what fits your schedule, lifestyle, and preferences.
- Aerobics… too much dance music.
- Boxing class… skipping rope was harder than you remembered.
- Spinning class… see Aerobics.
But if you stick with it, you can find the right program for you.
- Weekend biking group… PERFECT!
As silly as this may sound, school leaders often go through the same trial-and-error when trying to find the right strategies to grow and improve their schools. We hear about a cool new program, see that there’s a PD grant, and we’re off to the races.
Of course, the truth is that what works for one school may not be right for another. When school leaders are pressured to adopt the latest and greatest “best practice” model that are not right for them, the results aren’t just disappointing. They can erode our ability to take advantage of the best opportunities we have to make real, transformative change.
Each school is its own ecosystem, with its own students, community, staff, culture and history. As a teacher, administrator and consultant, I’ve worked in dozens of schools, and I’ve seen the exact same program work beautifully in one school and fail in another.
The simple truth is this: there are no universal “best practices,” but there are context-specific, high-impact practices.
Exploring a variety of exercise options can be great for a person, but school transformation requires a different approach. When it comes to schools, we don’t have the luxury of wasting any time, money, or precious staff enthusiasm on programs that aren’t going to work for us.
What if we could shortcut the trial-and-error process, skipping past the exciting, not-quite-right solutions to find the programs and strategies with the greatest potential to meet our needs?
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