Pride and Prejudice in Education

Leadership in Education


Fifty years of Experience

My career has been blessed to have worked with and for many talented people! I have also been blessed to learn many things about the education business!  We all make mistakes, but whether those mistakes mark our failings or drive our learning is the ultimate arbiter of their value; whether they are a “positive” or a “negative”. It is through both of these categories of learning that is our philosophy of managing school risk rests.  The standard method of making strategy decisions in the education world has been to study the performances in question, assess risk, produce a forecast of future outcomes desirable in performance, and then make a strategy decision based on that forecast to actuals. If we forecast that success will increase in the future, we must  plan now for  future needs, and hopefully we have future growth.

This makes perfect sense. The only problem is that it doesn’t work! It never has worked. But why? For starters, like predicting the weather (which I have also noticed must not be that easy to do), predicting performance requires predicting the outcomes of dozens of variables. To make matters worse, the importance of each variable also changes, depending on circumstances, that are also changing constantly.

So, what do we do? The two key words that answer this question are, “discipline & process”?First, you simply cannot allow yourself to produce a strategy that relies solely on your traditional practice of measurement. This is not to imply that analysis, intelligence and forecasting are of no value. However, you must rely on other factors when deciding on a course of action. GRCARLSON INC. have developed a “decision matrix” that helps drive an effective, disciplined decision; one that will focus, first & foremost on protecting your student success margins and profitability.

Second, you must have a process in place to actively manage your expense costs. School operations cannot be managed passively. Managing school operations risk is much like fire prevention! If you wait until your building is fully engulfed in flames to consider putting in that smoke alarm and buying some extinguishers, its already too late and all that is left is dealing with the very-expensive damage that has already occurred. GRCARLSON INC. performance program is a proven, effective process for managing your risk. As a school leader you can receive more information by scheduling an online presentation of how you can improve the performance in your school.

Steps you need to consider:

  • Expert Analysis based upon current success and potential improvement
  • Teacher training online and on campus
  • institute student and faculty mentor program
  • Improved student customer service
  • Improve Student Satisfaction Survey
  •  Faculty performance outcomes with student success, attendance, and retention as realistic goals
  • Use technology for in-service training
  • Compliance preparation
  • Curriculum Improvement
  • Instructional Design
  • Classroom organization
  • Teaching Special Needs Students
  • Understanding Learning Styles
  • Implemented improved student advising program
  • Appropriate manuals for schools
  •  Conference calls for progress reports and coaching
  • Analyze student and faculty data
  • Design a user-friendly reporting system for faculty and administration

GRCARLSON INC. can help to improve school outcomes. Our measures of success in the future are strongly leading to outcome measurements.

Contact: Gary R.Carlson Ed.D. at:            


Phone: 317-258-3401






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