The ECRA Strategic Dashboard is a powerful tool that encourages district leaders to think differently about student success and school quality.
Strategic dashboards enable school leaders to focus on a manageable number of strategic indicators that redefine student success, align superintendents and boards of education, and shape powerful narratives that drive evidence-based culture and brand equity.
This white paper discusses strategies that district leaders can use to reshape the narrative surrounding their schools. Insights regarding strategic leadership and its relationship to evidence-based practice are addressed and practical approaches are offered to help superintendents effectively tell a more compelling story of student success and school quality. Strategic dashboards allow school districts to be more creative and scientific with regards to indicators. Schools are no longer confined to metrics that derive from state-mandated data. Schools can now leverage any local data available to define more meaningful metrics that best measure the outcomes that are most important to their communities.
The guidance offered in this text will help district leaders understand the value and role of data as they strategically lead the district toward the values of the communities they serve. Strategic dashboards provide the mechanism and infrastructure to align community values, board policy, and administrative priorities to maximize return on investment and, most importantly, to ensure all students reach their full potential.