Catapult Alum Eryn Osterhaus, Principal at South Middle School in Aurora, recently hosted the Catapult BrainTrust at her school. Eryn, along with current Catapult Fellows Andrew Groettum and Roderick Tooson have established a strong vision and a clear plan and direction.
Eryn and her team know that simply solving problems will not create systemic change. They are demonstrating that what it takes to lead the transformation by analyzing data, building on strengths and closely monitoring progress toward culture and achievement goals. In addition, the professional staff are collaborating on new instructional designs to replace the ineffective systems and structures of the past. This takes time and fortunately, APS Leadership has recently approved important waivers that grant some freedom from district constraints which will allow professional staff to implement significant and innovative changes. Stay tuned for updates on this power team. If you missed our inspiration for developing our BrainTrust check out Pixar's BrainTrust.