KEY FACTS: Boston Public Schools
- ~ 57,050 students
- 8,035 total staff
- 4,220 teachers
- Total budget: ~ $821.4 million (FY 2011)
Like many school districts, Boston Public Schools (BPS) focused professional development resources on instructional staff, and rarely invested in development opportunities for its operational and financial managers. In 2009, growing pressure for improved performance led the district to invest in building management and leadership skills among central office managers and leaders. BPS partnered with The District Management Council (DMC) to establish a 15-week leadership development program, The Management Institute, to build management capacity across ten departments while realizing short-term performance improvements for the district.
The Management Institute is built on the idea that the best way to develop leaders is to ask people to lead projects and achieve results. The Institute combines four critical, complementary components to achieve this goal:
70 operational and financial managers participated in three cohorts of The Management Institute during the first year of the program. Results ranged from developing an IT system to backup and protect district data, to increasing the number of students participating in the district's breakfast program, to raising BPS' participation rate in the city's Employee Charitable Campaign. By achieving their performance challenges, these managers drove $4.2 million in annualized cost savings as well as improvements in quality of service, cycle time, and the student learning environment. Participants left the Institute with greater appreciation for their colleagues and improved managerial and leadership skills.
Garrett Smith - Managing Director