“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 of the Sundance 2015 Documentary Most Likely to Succeed, Co-author with Tony Wagner of Most Likely to Succeed, and Author What School Could Be

"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!"

-- Dr. Tony Wagner, Author of The Global Achievement Gap and Creating Innovators and Co-author of Most Likely To Succeed

 

WE ARE EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE OUR NEW BOOK, 
CREATING SCHOOLS THAT THRIVE.

 
 
 

Creating Schools That Thrive 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.

 

Exercises & Worksheets

The following PDFs are a sampling of the exercises described in detail in Creating Schools That Thrive: A Blueprint for Strategy. Please use them to support your strategy work, to supplement the book, and to spark change within your school or organization.  If you'd like more resources and tools from the book, please contact julieleeds@greenwichleadershippartners.com.

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Core Values

Exercise to surface the enduring principles that are preserved and addressed as you change practices, mission and strategy.

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Hopes & Fears

Exercise to explore stakeholder aspirations and concerns about strategy and the design process.

Testing Assumptions

Exercise to challenge long held or untested assumptions about why and how your school works the way it does.

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Surface The Driving Questions

Exercise to drive your work effectively by identifying the right questions top pursue.

We've Made The News!

Exercise to spark creativity and describe success as you envision your future state.

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"What If" Visioning

Exercise to catalyze innovation, build commitment to change, and foster generative dialogue.

 

Endorsements

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
 
 
 

THE GLP TOOL KIT

Here you will find useful resources available to download.

 

GLP White Papers

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Thrivability

Download the PDF

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INdependent Schools:

A New Leadership Paradigm


 
 

Recommended Reading

 

Top Picks

 

Further Reading


 
 

Templates and Meeting Guides

 
 
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Model for a One Page School Strategy

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