Creating Schools That Thrive:
A Blueprint for Strategy

Creating Schools That Thrive: A Blueprint For Strategy

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a guidebook to leading a strategic design
process in your school

This book is a comprehensive guidebook for designing strategy and catalyzing change. Since 2010, Stephanie Rogen and her group, Greenwich Leadership Partners, have supported leadership and governance for dozens of independent schools and public school districts, as well as higher educational organizations and education‑based not‑for‑profits. Their process, outlined in this book, addresses exactly what schools want most: how to develop and execute strategy that is dynamic, adaptive, and actualizes a compellingly clear and unique value proposition. With step-by-step guidance, interactive exercises, checklists, project tools, and real-life anecdotes your school will build the capacity to  brainstorm the big ideas, make the right choices, and implement them with real metrics to track success.


Many school leaders understand the value of strategic planning, but few know how to undertake it in ways that lead to genuine change. Stephanie has written a very wise and thorough how-to guide, filled with great advice and insights from her practice. I highly recommend this book!
— Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators. Co-author of Most Likely To Succeed
At last! A pragmatic hands-on guide to help schools formulate and implement a living, breathing strategy. Written by one of our nation’s most respected education strategists, this book offers revealing examples, practical guidelines, and invaluable advice to any school community taking on the important effort of reaching higher ground. You’ll move beyond empty rhetoric and dust-gathering strategic plans as you produce a plan that shapes each and every school day.
— Ted Dintersmith Executive Producer, Sundance 2015 Documentary, Most Likely to Succeed and Co-Author with Tony Wagner, Most Likely to Succeed
To those school leaders who fear or dread the strategic planning process, Rogen’s book offers hope. Full of useful exercises and real-life examples, this book will be a helpful companion for leaders who want to embark on a more collaborative and practical reflection process that has the power to re-shape their school’s mission, vision, and plans for the future.
— Denise Pope Ph.D., Stanford Graduate School of Education, Senior Lecturer and Co-Founder, Challenge Success
In this lively and insightful guide, Stephanie Rogen reminds us that the impetus to engage in strategic planning, no matter its source, offers an enormous opportunity to build community around core values and shared vision. Guiding us step-by-step through the planning process, Rogen keeps us focused on the vital connection between purpose and practice. The process results in a strengthened community; the product serves as the framework, not only for concrete next steps, but also for critical reflection about the unpredictable situations and key decisions that inevitably lie ahead.
— Rob Riordan, co-founder of High Tech High and President Emeritus of the HTH Graduate School of Education