In the past, many organizations and business leaders used a reductionist view of the way things work inside their companies, adding the individual parts (i.e.,… Read More »Become a quantum business with the Five-Legged Model of Performance
Joe DeSensi is the president of Educational Directions. He has an undergraduate degree from Bellarmine University, a graduate degree in computer-resource management from Webster University, and a doctorate in leadership education from Spalding University. Dr. DeSensi has worked with Fortune 500 companies, federal and local government, and school districts across the Southeast and Midwest. He developed custom and enterprise software to help districts track data and target students’ needs, and he holds patents in school data-management software and database integration. Dr. DeSensi also teaches graduate classes in leadership, ethics, and strategic planning at Spalding University.
The classroom has many lessons it can teach the boardroom. Five years ago, I wrote a series of chapters in the book HOPE for Leaders… Read More »What we can learn from the K-12 education pandemic response
When we started working with schools as an external change agent, we immediately noticed a problem with school calendars. In a nutshell, most of the… Read More »The Rhythm of the Learner Year: Opening of School
A revelation came at a school where it appeared that very few students understood science. In the process of probing beyond raw scores, we again… Read More »Another Lesson Learned – Probing Beyond Raw Test Scores
During the early years of our company, we worked with several middle schools. Their data indicated social studies students were consistently scoring low in the… Read More »Is Knowing The Test Answer Enough? Another Lesson Learned From Years Of Academic Partnerships
Turnaround School Test Results – Does Last Year’s Data Truly Represent This Years Student Population?
The answer – no. Not in all cases. The first issue that caused us to rethink our approach to using test scores to drive change… Read More »Turnaround School Test Results – Does Last Year’s Data Truly Represent This Years Student Population?
Our book Turning Around Turnaround Schools is intended for those who work in or with turnaround schools, though the approach to education presented works with… Read More »High Stakes Testing Conundrum – Turnaround Programs
Our book Turning Around Turnaround Schools is intended for those who work in or with turnaround schools, though the approach to education presented works with… Read More »Educational Thinking – Moving From Inputs to Outputs