The Purposeful Workshop Series™ has been developed through the careful study of high impact best practices at high poverty schools within the United Schools Network. Each Purposeful workshop aligns with the school-level
outlined in the Theory of Action that create the conditions most likely to lead to improved outcomes for students.
The workshops are designed around two primary ideas.
First, key organizational features in schools interact with each other and meaningful improvement requires orchestrated work across these areas. Many schools and districts choose to concentrate improvement efforts on just one or two elements, such as improving teacher quality, but there is strong evidence that the systems stand in strong interaction with each other. Meaningful improvement requires careful orchestration across multiple areas.1
Second, organizational improvement research across numerous sectors and industries points to a fundamental attribution error when an organization experiences poor performance. That is, problematic personnel are often the focus of blame, but typically account for only a small percentage of an organization’s overall performance problems. Better performance in complex systems such as schools is more often about designing better processes for carrying out the work.2 The Purposeful Workshop Series™ supports schools as they design these processes.