Solving the Difficult Problem

Mission Enablers exists to help parochial schools solve the persistent problems that threaten the survival of the school. One common persistent problem we help schools overcome is declining enrollment or static enrollment that is below a level necessary for mission sustainability. We find that precedent and experience predispose schools to seeing the problem as: […]

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Is Your Board Willing to Evaluate Itself?

Evaluations are good. They help us discover our opportunities for growth. Why are parochial school boards reluctant to self-evaluate or submit to evaluation? […]

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Back to the Beginning

Does your parochial school board share enough in common with the board that founded your school? […]

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When Is Best Practice Bad Practice?

Two examples of best practices that often hurt parochial schools are relying too much on policies and procedures and ensuring that certain groups of individuals are represented on the school board. […]

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Do You Encourage Micromanagement?

Rarely do you find someone who wants to be micromanaged. However, sometimes our actions encourage others to micromanage us. […]

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What Do We Know about Education?

In the past 10 years, the world has tried to teach us many things about education and the business of education. Before the year 2000, we thought we knew it all. There was a formula/algorithm/process developed by studying the successes of the 1950s and 1960s. In the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s the assumption was if you applied the formula with diligence, success would follow. For the majority of parochial schools that was true. […]

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The Anatomy of Failure

There is no reason to waste a tragedy. Congress takes advantage of every one to pass legislation to protect us from the next one. Business learns from each lost sale, failed experiment, and product failure. In sports, loss is justification for training that is more intensive or new skill building. Why should parochial schools closures be different? […]

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Confusing the Board

Now is a time when boards must think clearly. The economy is down. For most schools enrollment is down. For many school fundraising is down. It is planning time. Important decisions must be made. […]

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