Purposeful Workshop Series™ Overview

 
 

Our workshops have been developed and tested in our schools. Each purposeful practice equips leadership teams to be the drivers of change in their own schools.

 
 

Purposeful Culture & Procedures™

 

Purposeful Planning & Teaching™

 

Purposeful People™

 

 
 
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“THROUGH MY ROLE AT BRIGHT NEW LEADERS FOR OHIO SCHOOLS, I’VE VISITED DOZENS OF HIGH-POVERTY SCHOOLS ACROSS THE STATE OF OHIO.  HANDS DOWN, WHAT THEY ARE DOING AT THE UNITED SCHOOLS NETWORK IS EXTRAORDINARY.  I’VE BEEN TO EACH OF THEIR SCHOOLS, AND SEEING THEIR STUDENTS AND STAFF IN ACTION WAS INCREDIBLE.  WE WERE SO IMPRESSED, WE ARE PARTNERING WITH THE SCHOOL PERFORMANCE INSTITUTE TO PROVIDE 40 HOURS OF THE PURPOSEFUL WORKSHOP SERIES™ TO OUR ASPIRING SCHOOL LEADERS."

 

–DR. THOMAS G. MARIDADA II, PRESIDENT & CEO OF BRIGHT NEW LEADERS FOR OHIO SCHOOLS

 
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Program Overview

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 essential supports 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.

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.  

1: Bryk, Anthony; Sebring, Penny B; Allensworth, Elaine; Luppescu, Stuart and Easton, John Q. Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago.  The University of Chicago Press.  Chicago and London, 2010.

2: Bryk, Anthony; Gomez, Louis; Grunow, Alicia; and LeMahieu, Paul. Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better. Harvard Education Press. Cambridge, MA, 2015.

 

Why Learn Our Purposeful Practices?

90% of USN students are economically disadvantaged and yet...

 
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The Purposeful Workshop Series™ is offered through a partnership between the School Performance Institute and the four schools that make up the United Schools Network.