Educational Leadership Services
If you are a Principal in need of support for new curriculum and instruction initiatives, a charter school CEO looking to conduct a review of your school's special education programs, a Board member investigating a short-term school leadership need, or a parent who wants to start a new school - private or charter, Lakeside can help. Lakeside brings extensive experience and professionalism to every school and customizes our support to a school's specific needs and concerns.
The sentiment, “Everything rises and falls on leadership” (John Maxwell) is undoubtedly true for school leaders. Student achievement, teacher development, and parent and community engagement all require specific leadership competencies based on a school’s unique vision, mission, and culture. We help leaders develop these competencies by creating formal mentorship relationships, providing ongoing leadership coaching, and engaging in collaborative work sessions to partner with you on the completion of tasks such as the implementation of new initiatives, creating student schedules, and evaluating classroom teachers.
Short-term administrative coverage
Finding quality substitutes for teachers can be difficult, but finding a qualified and certified interim, acting, or substitute school leader is infinitely more challenging. Classroom observations, teacher evaluations, professional development, student discipline, parent communication, and regular school management tasks must continue, even during temporary administrative absences. Our consultants are experienced school leaders who hold valid Pennsylvania K-12 Principal Certifications and can fill in when you have a need.
School safety and crisis response
School safety is much more than mandated monthly fire drills and periodic lockdown drills. It is a daily effort to create a school climate based on respect, shared accountabilities, and knowledge of how best practices in school safety should inform the regular operations of the school. From developing procedures for welcoming guests into the school building to empowering teachers and students to report unsafe conditions, school administrators must lead the way in creating a safe and supportive school environment. In addition to helping leaders develop habits and daily routines, we can also assist with big picture crisis planning, liaising with local emergency services, and implementing recommendations from certified safety inspectors.
While some may think that Human Resources is simply about hiring the right people, it is much more than that, especially in the field of education! How you, as the employer, treat your employees has an impact on students and your overall school climate. Meaningful professional development plans and opportunities to contribute to educational decisions will help your school increase faculty and staff retention. And increased faculty and staff retention is a key ingredient in creating a positive school community! With our broad base of HR experience - recruiting, interviewing, on-boarding; policy development, implementation, and compliance; writing job descriptions and performance evaluations; developing succession plans; employee relations and conflict resolution - we can help you accomplish the most important human resources components of your school’s strategic plan.
collaborative educational budgeting
From math manipulatives and high school chemistry supplies to professional development initiatives and employee benefits packages, your school budget should align with your vision for education and your ideals as an employer, while helping you accomplish your mission. If start-up costs, facilities fees, and unexpected operational concerns are having a negative impact on your school’s ability to enact its mission, we can help. We’ll work with you to establish timelines for a collaborative budget process, help you identify key staff and determine the role they play in the budgeting process while cultivating their “budgeting mindset”, and develop appropriate assumptions, forecasts, and formulas for your school’s effective budgeting process.
systems,policies, and Procedures
On the one hand, freedom from red tape and the “this is how it's always been done” mentality is a tremendous benefit for charter school and private school educators. On the other hand, these school leaders must often make it all up as they go. We can help you take stock of your school’s current compliance with requirements, make recommendations for implementing best practices in regards to systems, policies and procedures, and then dig in and help get the work done!
Curriculum, Instruction, And assessment
The relationship between curriculum, instruction, and assessment is significantly interdependent, and all three educational components must be examined in conjunction with each other to meet today’s rigorous standards for student learning. Our consultants have experience with standards-based curriculum design, curricular resource selection, standards-based grading, and professional development that focuses on using assessment to drive instruction. We promote teacher leadership that is focused on student learning and the answer to the question, “What’s best for the kids?”
Data-Based Decision Making
There certainly is no shortage of student data available to educators today! The challenge is knowing what to do with it all! From establishing data teams and setting up meeting structures and protocols to goal setting and instructional decision-making processes - we can help you create a system for continuous improvement.
Accreditation and comprehensive planning
State-mandated reports and plans, multi-year accreditation processes, and strategic planning for the next chapter of your school’s growth and development all require equal parts of “big picture” projections and focused attention on nitty-gritty details. We provide facilitation for planning meetings and administrative retreats, to create a strategic planning process that is inclusive, collaborative, and rewarding for all members. Our experience with state-mandated reporting includes Pennsylvania’s Comprehensive Plan – including the Professional Education Plan, Induction Plan, and Special Education Plan; Charter School Annual Report; Annual Safe Schools Report; and School Wellness Policy. Additionally, assistance preparing for PIMS, Title, CRDC, and like-reporting is offered.
Educational Leadership Workshops
Our workshops provide timely research-based information, delivered in a collaborative format that allows school-based leadership teams to implement the ideas and strategies we share immediately. Flexibility is a hallmark of our workshop delivery practices. We can adjust the length of sessions as needed, highlight specific topics as requested, and work together to identify the most useful planning tools to fit your school’s specific professional development needs.
The Next Generation of Educational Leaders
In this workshop we focus on the hallmarks of the Millennial Generation, discussing how their optimistic outlook, affinity for creating community, and insistence on significance in the workplace make them the perfect employees for today’s distinctive schools. We review recent research on the Millennial Generation from the fields of business and education and lead positive strengths-based discussions on ways that school leaders can improve how they recruit, hire, and mentor Millennials to effectively develop the next generation of educational leaders.
Participants will learn new Human Resources strategies for effectively recruiting, interviewing, and hiring Millennials.
Participants will learn best practices that seasoned teachers can use to mentor and guide novice teachers from the Millennial Generation.
Participants will learn the unique leadership skills necessary for recognizing, encouraging, and developing Millennials into skilled educational leaders.
Planning For Improvement:
A Step-By-Step Guide For The Year
Any educator who's worth her/his salt knows the value of a well-crafted lesson plan. There’s a particular thrill that comes with accurately assessing your students’ background knowledge, successfully implementing activities that support rigorous objectives, and having indisputable evidence in hand that shows your students really learned what you set out to teach them! In this workshop, we present a planning tool that translates the essential elements of strategic and comprehensive planning into a familiar education-based framework. Information gathering, data reviews, professional development planning, goal setting, and resource selection will be discussed, in addition to many other essential activities for effective improvement planning. Time will be allotted for school teams to utilize the planning tool and collaborate with the instructors on their school improvement process.
Participants will recognize the similarities between the traditional educational practice of unit and lesson planning and the business-based strategic planning process.
Participants will be introduced to an education-based tool for yearly school improvement planning.
Participants will work with the instructors to complete an individualized plan for a year's worth of effective research based school improvement activities.
Retention Strategies For Keeping Great Teachers
Hiring quality teachers is a challenging enough task, but keeping those teachers at your school once you have them often takes a village! Yet retaining quality educators has been proven to improve student performance, save money, and lead to a more positive school climate for all. In this workshop we will share the most up to date costs associated with teacher turnover – they're quantifiable and much more than most leaders would care to acknowledge! Participants will have the ability to work together with the workshop instructors to plan easily implementable ideas, as well as more complex strategies, that will improve their school's ability to hire and retain great teachers.
Participants will learn the current costs associated with teacher turnover.
Participants will identify "teacher-keeper" ideas that can be implemented immediately in their schools.
Participants will learn about high impact retention strategies that require financial commitment and long-term planning.