Helping K-12 Schools Navigate Change
Assessing growth, improving your educational model, developing talent, and adapting to policy changes—these are some of the complex issues facing today’s school leaders. We’ve helped dozens of schools analyze their systems, develop strategies, and apply creative thinking to help navigate change.
Highlight helps schools partner with students to create equitable learning conditions
Although schools already have access to standardized tests and other tools to measure achievement gaps, educators haven’t been able to factor in the student’s learning experience in meaningful ways. The Highlight student survey and dashboard helps schools identify interventions that close those conditions gaps and create more equitable school experiences.
We support schools moving from crisis management to strategic planning
Everything in the K-12 world is changing. We'll help you go from reacting to moving forward with confidence. FORWARD is an 8-week program designed to support your school to answer critical questions and reimagine school design, operations, and budgeting for the next year—or likely, much longer.
Our services for K-12 schools
To achieve more equitable schools, we need to close conditions gaps— discrepancies in how students experience school on a daily basis. The components most critical to student success are no secret—safety, belonging, optimism for the future, academic rigor, and belief in one’s ability are all essential. We are empowering school leaders to ask students directly if they’re getting what they need, and designing school improvements that are truly responsive to student needs. Guided by student feedback, Friday helps schools improve internal processes, develop new programs, and coach staff and school leaders to eliminate conditions gaps. Our offerings include:
Inquiry Guide & Action Plan
Student Leadership Committee
To support school improvement or growth, we’ll help you assess the strengths of your organization including educational model and student achievement, finance and operations, talent, and parent and community engagement. We engage the complete school community in collective planning and creation of a three-year management plan. Our approach highlights diverse stakeholder voices and student input, inspires innovation, and ensures shared vision sample deliverables. Our process includes:
Student & Stakeholder Engagement
Core Goals & Strategies Framework
Brand & Storytelling
In an era where parents are empowered to choose the schools their children attend, it’s becoming increasingly important to communicate what makes you unique. Through a week-long design intensive or a multi-month process, we’ll help you build your brand and create compelling stories designed to influence your diverse audiences and key stakeholders. Sample deliverables include:
Brand Identity & Logo Design
Website Design & Development
Communications Strategy & Execution
Program Design & Innovation
As schools embark on new strategies and explore opportunities for innovation, our team has the capacity to both help concept and design new programs, as well as build the infrastructure to support implementation. For example, we’ve designed a leadership development program that can be readily customized and executed to grow your school leadership pipeline from within. We’ve translated a school’s pedagogical approach into an online learning platform. We’ve built online data visualization tools to communicate compelling student outcomes. Examples of what we can design and create include: