Using data-informed strategies to help clients reach success
Data-informed strategies are the key to success. At Agile, we are confident in our ability to help clients meet success by harnessing and leveraging data. In using our data to align your resources and solve district and school situations, we assist with breaking through the clutter and getting the root of the information that will benefit you best.
An efficient approach
Administrators and other key stakeholders at both the school and district levels are busy professionals. Their time to meet with you is limited. That means you need to provide a solution in an efficient, mindful manner.
Instead of going into a business conversation with a million questions, Agile can help you collect the data in advance so you’re better prepared for the meeting. Arriving at the conversation with a potential solution to their challenges shows that you’ve done your homework, and are going to be a valid partner.
Turnover rates and enrollment shifts
But what exactly should you be looking for when you approach a potential school or district leader to discuss business? Turnover rates among key stakeholders is one concern, while changes in enrollment is another to keep in mind.
There’s no denying the impact that the pandemic has had on the education sector, specifically with teachers and administrators leaving their positions. But high turnover rates are not by any means new. A 2019 report conducted by the National Association of Secondary School Principals found that nearly one in five principals will leave their school each year, and on average, this position is held by the same person for a mere four years at a time. Sometimes they move to a new district, other times they’ve retired. And more recently, they’re leaving education altogether to pursue a different career.
When a principal or superintendent leaves their district, it’s better if you know sooner rather than later. There’s risk and reward in “administrative turnover.” If the district or a school is a current client, communicating with a new professional means having to reiterate why you are a valued partner, and maintaining the business relationship. If the district or a school is a prospect, there is an opportunity to gain a new customer since new administrators may be open to trying new vendors and partners.
From an enrollment perspective, there’s lots of change as well. Parents are moving away from public districts and into a charter or private schools instead. Or, they’re keeping their kids home and taking advantage of virtual learning. Others are now working remotely permanently, so they’ve decided to relocate their family members all together and start at a new school district.
This factor also comes with risk and reward. If you have a price per student model in place, these enrollment shifts can impact revenue, for example. On the other hand, you may have districts that are actually growing, offering more business opportunities for you right off the bat. It’s all about assessing the situation based on location and keeping the lines of communication open with district leaders to make the necessary adjustments.
How Agile can help you during these strange times
Schools are still going through a shift and many may find it difficult to keep up with the ever occurring changes. While focusing on fostering relationships with key stakeholders is necessary, keeping influencer needs at top of mind should also be a high priority. Digital and social advertising and being in the right place at the right time. Agile can help you identify schools that have been negatively impacted by learning loss that happened in the midst of the pandemic so you can provide help getting students on track.
With data on social and emotional learning and student proficiencies, we can help you communicate personalized messages to schools so they can overcome their specific challenges. Contact us today to learn more.