I started WSG in June of 2012. I enjoy the work I do.
Pros: choosing exciting projects
Cons: health care, benefits, etc.
I especially like the work I have done with schools in the area of instructional progress monitoring. I also enjoying customizing curriculum and assisting schools develop a better environment and culture focused on success.
I have learned that having a great solution isn't enough. There are a myriad of issues that must be dealt with in order to experience a successful implementation. School leaders especially need training and support in order to "walk the walk" of a truly data-driven school. I have also learned that teachers are more likely to embrace a solution if the building principal becomes the lead advocate.
One of the most difficult aspects of the work I do is to get a resistant key decision maker in a school district to buy-in to the initiative. I have come to call this person, "Dr. Yeah, but." Regardless of the value of the soultion, some leaders are just not ready to move beyond their own way of doing things, no matter how dated they may be.
I have adopted the following rule, however, that has helped tremendously:
Help your customer to understand what they would want to do, if only they knew they could do it.
Most school leaders don't understand what is possible today. Once they get their mind around how new tools, systems and