Building G.R.E.A.T. Schools: Data Informing our Vision of Success

Guest post by Ronald Davis:

The demands on successful principals can be exhilarating and staggering at the same time. Without refined and enhanced leadership skills, principals can struggle to move their schools’ performance to levels that will benefit all of the students they serve.

There is an expectation that principals will have mastery of instructional, organizational, and public leadership skills. Therefore, developing principals’ leadership capacity and organizational skills is critical in helping them meet the challenging demands being placed on school leaders.

“Building G.R.E.A.T. Schools: Data Informing our Vision of Success” is designed to provide school leaders with a G.R.E.A.T. framework – including Goals, Roles, Expectations, Attitude, and Tools. The G.R.E.A.T. framework, in conjunction with the principles of distributive leadership and systemic reform practices, helps bring about positive change in a school’s culture.

Additionally, this Ignite ’14 session will emphasize the importance of using data when making instructional decisions, at both the classroom and building levels, and provide a framework through which this analysis can occur. The framework includes data identification, analysis/discovery, and solution identification. Goal considerations include improvement vs. proficiency, short vs. medium vs. long-term, and need to be started vs. need to be continued vs. should be stopped. Attendees will be provided with a planning matrix with which they can develop 3-5 action items applicable to their individual schools and organizations. Closing comments in the session will center around the importance of managing the complex change process.

Ronald Davis will be presenting at Ignite ’14.  Join him for Building G.R.E.A.T. Schools: Data Informing our Vision of Success on Friday, February 7. For more information and to register visit

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