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PHOTOS BY CARA PASTORE/F22 STUDIO

shortened it. After many successful
years, however, the staff found the
program was no longer delivering
a good return on investment and
wasn't attracting the targeted
audience. They discontinued what
had once been a signature program.
"Some of our primary
stakeholders have been with us
since our inception, and it would
have been very easy for them to
say, 'Don't get rid of this best
practices tour' or 'We feel strongly
about the teacher newsletter, don't
stop it.' Because we proved that
such program changes were well
thought out and based on sound
data, we were able to take emotion
out of making some of those tough
decisions," said Hopkins.
While the Partnership
discontinued its bus trip, it
found ways to keep it going by
encouraging local jurisdictions
throughout the state to hold
similar programs for their own
key education stakeholders and
by occasionally visiting excelling
schools as part of the Critical
Issues Forums.

The Right Culture is Key

In addition, Dolinger and
Hopkins have made it clear to key
stakeholders, such as the funders,
board members and Partnership
council members that they
welcome and value their opinions
on all activities. "They are pretty
open to giving us that kind of
feedback, and it's been very helpful
to us," Dolinger said.
The continuing review process
often leads to positive programming
disruptions. For 21 years, one of the

organization's signature events was
a bus tour that showcased several
high-performing schools around
the state. These schools displayed
best practices in a particular area,
such as technology use or STEM
(science, technology, education
and math) instruction. In the early
years, the event lasted a week and
attracted the key stakeholders
the Partnership needed. Through
the evaluation process, the staff
realized the trip was too long and

The plus/delta process has been so
deeply ingrained in the organization
that staff members are always
thinking in terms of what could be
improved. "We'll be in the middle
of a forum and a staff member will
say 'I have a plus/delta,' meaning
'This hasn't gone well, we need
to make it better,' or 'I just heard
several people say something really
positive, so we need to make sure
that we do that again next time,'"
Dolinger said.
"When you build that culture
internally, then staff knows
if someone comes up with a
suggestion that's not acceptable to
everybody else, it's okay. They're
not going to be criticized. The
attitude is 'Let's honestly think
of what we can do to make this
project, this publication or this
communication better,'" he added.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Connections - Spring 2017

GSAE News & Events
New Members
Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
The Future of Education and Employment
Building Organizational Resilience
My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
GSAE February and April Luncheons
Meetings Thought Leadership
Advertiser.com
Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - intro
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband1
Connections - Spring 2017 - bellyband2
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover1
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover2
Connections - Spring 2017 - 3
Connections - Spring 2017 - 4
Connections - Spring 2017 - 5
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE News & Events
Connections - Spring 2017 - 7
Connections - Spring 2017 - 8
Connections - Spring 2017 - New Members
Connections - Spring 2017 - Living Legends: Tim O’Donnell, CIC, Bill Anderson, CAE, LEED AP, and Robin B. Gray Jr., JD
Connections - Spring 2017 - 11
Connections - Spring 2017 - 12
Connections - Spring 2017 - 13
Connections - Spring 2017 - Georgia Partnership for Educational Excellence: A Culture of Continuous Improvement
Connections - Spring 2017 - 15
Connections - Spring 2017 - 16
Connections - Spring 2017 - 17
Connections - Spring 2017 - Questioning the Orthodox Beliefs of Association Governing
Connections - Spring 2017 - 19
Connections - Spring 2017 - The Future of Education and Employment
Connections - Spring 2017 - 21
Connections - Spring 2017 - Building Organizational Resilience
Connections - Spring 2017 - 23
Connections - Spring 2017 - My Internship with the Southern Economic Development Council
Connections - Spring 2017 - GSAE February and April Luncheons
Connections - Spring 2017 - 26
Connections - Spring 2017 - Meetings Thought Leadership
Connections - Spring 2017 - 28
Connections - Spring 2017 - 29
Connections - Spring 2017 - Index of Advertisers
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover3
Connections - Spring 2017 - cover4
Connections - Spring 2017 - outsert1
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