Everything in the K-12 world is changing. We'll help you go from reacting to moving forward with confidence.
In this period of school closures and economic uncertainty, K-12 schools have scrambled to make sure kids are safe, healthy, and engaged in learning. But once the immediate crisis is over, leaders will start to address bigger long-term questions. FORWARD is an 8-week program designed to support your school as you answer these questions and reimagine school design, operations, and budgeting for the next year—or likely, much longer.
Each week, you’ll be guided through a step-by-step process led by advisors with experience supporting schools and organizations on strategy, innovation, leadership, and storytelling. And you’ll be surrounded by a cohort of peers who can share ideas, provide feedback, and cheer you on.
We'll ask four critical questions.
And your answers will generate a strategic plan.
Q1: What opportunities and challenges do we face?
Weeks 1-3: Develop a clear picture of our new reality and the most pressing challenges and risks to our model and the communities we serve
Q2: How will we adapt?
Weeks 4-5: Sharpen your focus on critical school model and operational shifts and opportunities for innovation
Q3: What’s our plan for making it happen?
Weeks 6-7: Map a realistic and financially viable short-term action plan; brainstorm near-term opportunities and long-term vision
Q4: How will we communicate effectively?
Week 8: Develop your message and communicate key shifts to your students and families, and staff and partners
What you'll experience.
Take a look at FORWARD's essential elements.
Condensed, actionable guidance with hands-on support along the way
Step-by-step process to systematically address the complexity of the moment and organize your team’s response
All the tools you need
Access to tools, templates, and resources to be used now and in the future
New ideas, inspiration, feedback and validation from fellow school leaders facing similar challenges
Expert insights from leading advisors in the areas of operations, finance, legal, and school performance
Your takeaways will vary depending on the specific challenges you’re facing, but we’re prepared to help you discuss issues including…
- Innovation in school model design
- Projected learning loss, instructional shifts, and new benchmarking
- Student wellbeing
- Budgeting and financial planning
- Staff restructuring
- Family, staff, and community leader engagement strategies
Meet your guides.
The cohort will be led by strategists and creatives at Friday, in addition to our K-12 network of expert advisors and key partners from EdTec, YM&C, CSGF and Silicon Schools Fund.
Featuring additional guest experts from:
We believe strategic planning support should be accessible to everyone—especially school leaders working tirelessly to prepare our future generation. And we know that the current economic climate means every dollar counts. So we’ve created a cost-conscious, high-value model, combining cohort collaboration, individual feedback, and the opportunity to learn from experts. Contact us for pricing details.
Who we've worked with.
We’ve drawn on decades of experience working with K-12 schools and leading nonprofits to create a process to support your team.
Join the cohort.