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Lauren Schulten

Lauren is a former teacher and school counselor who is passionate about supporting districts to create a responsive culture that is defined by engagement, innovation, and belonging. While serving in the classroom, Lauren earned a M.Ed. in Teacher Leadership and later a M.Ed. in School Counseling. She then earned her doctorate in Curriculum, Teaching, and Teacher Education from the University of Florida. She has also worked as a project manager for Connected Nation and the Gates Foundation. At EE, she specializes in organizational strategy and community engagement and leads strategic planning efforts across the country. Lauren currently resides in Louisville, KY.

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Education Elements  |  Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning With Students, For Students

I support school teams nationwide through the process of unpacking survey and focus group data from their communities. One consistent trend across school districts is that most adults overestimate their ability to understand and empathize with their students’ experiences at school. Even teachers who regularly work directly with students and have the best intentions tend to misrepresent students’ feelings and beliefs about their academic and social experiences at school. This trend is particularly problematic when a district’s strategic plan, the framework that guides decisions impacting students most, is written solely by adults. Nearly every school district strives to write a student-centered strategic plan, but how student-centered can your plan be without actively including student voice throughout the planning process?

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Communication  |  Decision-Making  |  District Leadership  |  School Leadership  |  Strategic Planning

The Room Where it Happens: 5 Reasons Leaders Make Decisions Behind Closed Doors

“I want to be in the room where it happens...” There are so many powerful scenes in the award-winning musical, Hamilton. The moment Aaron Burr laments being left out of the decision-making process is not only a turning point in the story but a great depiction of how many feel when it comes to the all-important “rooms” where decisions that affect their lives are made.

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