We are pleased to be working with seventeen schools or school districts this year, including nine schools in our School Support Program and eight districts in our Organizational Development Program. Our work began with a Kick-off event this July at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute on Petit Jean Mountain, where we introduced our new schools and districts to the Academy Way and began the process of helping them conduct a needs assessment and develop a strategic action plan to focus their work this year. For our returning clients, we are busy building on the needs assessment and strategic planning work we accomplished last year.
As the Program Leader for Organizational Development and School Support, I am excited to guide the work of a talented staff of performance coaches who work in our schools and districts every week. Their focus is on helping school and district leaders develop individual and collective leadership capacity to foster transformative change and positively impact school culture. Additionally, our performance coaches assist leaders to implement the learning experiences that they participate in during our ALA programs and institutes, from our Executive Leadership Collaborative for superintendents to our Student Voice Institute. Please accept my best wishes for a terrific school year, and if I can answer any questions you have about OD/SSP or our Academy, please do not hesitate to let me know!
Dr. Tom Bennett, OD/SSP Program Leader