Our Core Services. REDi intentionally integrates research and thoughtful consulting to help accelerate effective innovations in learning and to rethink the systems in which learning occurs. Our team brings an entrepreneurial lens to our partnership work, understanding that internal and external drivers make the delivery of today’s learning environment a unique challenge. Together we examine, understand, and plan for actions that make needed and sustained improvements. We offer seamless services across five core areas of impact.
School improvement agendas have pushed educational leaders to serve as the jack-of-all trades. But in high achieving organizations, the functions of leadership are cultivated and shared. The days of school boards, superintendents, executive cabinets, or principals riding as the Lone Ranger are over.
We help school districts and schools examine their capacity for leadership work. As an evolving, spontaneous concept, capacity-building requires re-alignment of authority and responsibility based on current goals and priorities. REDi’s focus is to guide the organization in its expansion of formal and informal leadership roles that support a stronger community of practice.
REDi team members provide the following core services as a vehicle to promote broad-based, skillful participation in your leadership work:
Several “new normals” have emerged in education. The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) upped the ante on preparing world-wise graduates that are ready for anything. There’s an urgent need to respond to the changing view of what students should learn in schools and how they should learn it.
REDi can help your team venture outside prevailing norms to navigate this “new normal.” Infusion of innovation is a cornerstone of this work. We offer easy-to-implement ideas that create empowered learners with a clear path to success. Concepts such as personalization, design thinking, collaboration, and environment as a “third” teacher serve as the framework for REDi’s expertise.
REDi support goes beyond off-the-shelf initiatives to provide provocative actions that change the way school is done. These actions include:
Education—public and private—is in a constant struggle to secure adequate funding for all its programs and learning targets. Inconsistent state and federal dollars make it difficult to keep up with growing expectations and expenses. Despite limited revenue streams, schools and school districts must learn to leverage human, fiscal, and external resources for maximum impact.
REDi helps organizations make the most of local dollars by securing investments from outside partners. Made strategically, outside investments instill confidence that creates a ripple effect around a specific initiative or need. Our work is focused on helping districts and schools re-allocate, re-purpose, and re-think the resources they have to get the resources they need.
REDi services assist clients to:
While educators agonize to write meaningful mission statements and lofty goals, by the time these ideas travel through the community, their impact is watered down. Experts call this the “dilution dilemma.” Dilution occurs because most messages lack the robustness necessary to generate value. After all, our messages compete with hundreds of other daily sound bites. Schools are hard-pressed to keep the art of communication from becoming a lost art.
REDi helps school leaders find multiple entry points to deliver messages that resonate and stick. We also know that social media can be a mixed bag in our messaging plan. Facebook is not face-to-face and emails and hashtags can portray us in ways we don’t want to be portrayed. REDi guides clients in balancing digital tools with human emotions to carry our messages along.
Using the right tone, metaphor, or story are just a few things that make our messages matter. We work with clients to:
PBK-REDi has developed nationally recognized, best-in-class methodologies that assist school leaders in defining and evaluating threats and vulnerabilities for the purpose of mitigating security risks through effective policy and operational guidelines. Our Action Plan for schools and Districts is to ASSESS, CREATE, and TRAIN (ACT). Critical to our work is a strong partnership with District Leadership including the Board, Superintendent, Senior Management, Principals and Teachers.
Facilities Vulnerability Assessments
Our PBK-REDi team of experts determines what preventative technologies and/or redesign of existing spaces could be incorporated to reduce the probability of violence on your campus. We work hand-in-hand with district leadership to ensure those recommendations are properly aligned with your district’s schedule and budget parameters.
Student and Staff Training
Development and delivery of time-sensitive training are critical to empowering your staff and students to make safe choices when faced with crisis situations. The PBK-REDi team uses best practices, combined with decades of combined experience to create training that is most suitable for you.
Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, and Community Engagement
The PBK-REDi team of experts specialize in crafting board policies that enhance the safety of inhabitants based on the unique physical, structural, landscape, climate, and personnel characteristics of each campus. Our primary goal mirrors yours – to make sure your campus end-users feel safe at school.
Emergency Operations Plan(s)
PBK-REDi uses tools designed by the U.S. Department of Education and California Office of Emergency Services (OES) to ensure that the content, form, and function of an EOP conform to federal guidelines and best practices and provide staff a framework for how to prevent, prepare, respond to, and recover from an emergency.
With your team, PBK-REDi is poised to collaborate to ensure that your Facilities Vulnerability Assessment, Student and Staff Training, Board Policies, Administrative Regulations, Community Engagement and Emergency Operations Plan(s) are customized to your students, teachers school and district.
PBK-REDi makes sure that all of our work is customized and works with your personnel and your systems. Knowing that every parent or guardian counts on the safety of school sites, we are deeply committed to work with you to go as far as is possible to ensure the safety of each and every one of your students is safe at school.