Welcome to Putting it All Together

Welcome to the course:

To create a sustainable school you need to think about how it fits into the local community. What value does it add, who are you trying to help, and how are you going to do that? Knowing the answers to these questions is what will allow you to pull all your plans together and create a school that will support the community as much as it will support you.

  • What Is an Value Proposition?
  • What is Your Target Market?
  • What is Your Operational Model?
  • What is Your Financial Model?

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 Course Authors:

Dr. Ed Harris is Professor and Williams Chair of Educational Leadership at Oklahoma State University. He is currently Administrator and Chair of the Executive Committee for the Brock International Prize in Education, which finds and awards the best educational ideas and shares them with the world. During his twenty-five years at OSU, he has served as Associate Dean of Administrative Affairs; Director of Research, Extension, Technology and International Programs, and Coordinator of EDLE Domestic and International Cohorts. His primary research interests focus on school cultural, technology and society, as well as sustainable, context-based education initiatives. He received his MA in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. from Texas A&M University.



Dr. Katherine Curry is an Associate Professor in the Graduate College of Education at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She serves as Program Chair for the School Administration program in the School of Educational Studies. Her research focus includes educational leadership, school improvement/reform; parent/school/community collaboration, parent social networks, and culture/climate indicators in schools. Dr. Curry also has education administrative experience as a private school Headmaster, Middle School Principal, and Director of Curriculum and Instruction (PK-12). She holds an Ed.D. in Education Administration and Policy from the University of Oklahoma.



Dr. Jackie Mania-Singer, is an Assistant Professor of School Administration at Oklahoma State University. She has experience as a K-12 teacher and administrator as well as a state-level director. She has researched and presented on educational issues related to curriculum studies, action research, and principal leadership. Dr. Mania-Singer research interests include social network analysis, district central office transformation, and education reform. She received her Masters of Education from the University of Oklahoma and her Ed.D. from Oklahoma State University.