As part of an ongoing effort to improve school performance, Saginaw School District (MI) has recently turned its focus to principals, providing them with additional professional development in the areas of leadership and data literacy. For assistance with designing and implementing their approach to professional development, Saginaw turned to Public Consulting Group (PCG), a public sector management and education consultant.
“While the principals of Saginaw Public's priority schools are solid in their leadership, it takes a team to move a school,” said Rebekah Hornak, the director of instructional services at Saginaw School District. "That is why we went with PCG. The program provided allows for the support that the building leadership needs to problem-solve challenging situations and move their building forward.”
PCG has had success in this area, notably with early efforts in Florida. The Florida Department of Education initially partnered with PCG Education in 2012 to support more than 600 charter schools across the state in their transition to the new Florida Standards. PCG Education designed the “Principal’s Playbook,” a blended learning platform that combines collaboration, professional learning modules, and consultation, to support Florida charter school principals in their professional development and to provide a platform for principals to communicate exemplary leadership practices with their peers.