Schools facing organisational, administrative and educational challenges are turning to Process and Performance Management for the answers.
Staff members are being empowered to meet the challenges of trying to do more with less, overcoming resistance to change, or finding answers to long-standing problems. The aim is to align the school’s vision with operations to improve efficiency, effectiveness and student achievement.
Independent Schools Victoria is introducing the American Productivity and Quality Center (APQC) program to Australia as the Southern Cross Program. The APQC program has been successful for more than four years in 250-plus school districts in 41 US states. In Australia, schools are using Southern Cross to improve productivity, maximise limited resources, engage with local communities and to smooth the way when implementing initiatives.
Covering all aspects of school operations, Southern Cross is practical; enabling the re-design of inefficient processes, reducing time wastage and breaking down functional silos to help schools manage continuous improvement.
About 40 schools have implemented the training. The latest to present their case studies were the Melbourne schools – Plenty Valley International Montessori School and Ilim College of Australia. Listening were APQC Senior Vice Presidents, Fred Bentsen and Carolyn Talasek from Houston, Texas.
In the video. Ms Aynur Simsirel, Principal of Ilim College in Melbourne tells how the Southern Cross program helped the school to expand to a second campus in only five months. See the school expansion case study on the Independent Schools Victoria website, including the video about the Southern Cross Program.