How to Transform School and District Administration: Embrace Project Management!

Change is a Process not an Event!

[otw_shortcode_dropcap label=”T” font=”Dancing Script” background_color_class=”otw-blue-background” size=”large” border=”border” border_color_class=”otw-silver-border” shadow=”shadow”][/otw_shortcode_dropcap]oday, we see a transformation in the approach to education, ideas that were deemed too radical are but common practice in our school. For example, technology’s role in education was but smirked at until the recent past; we realize today the huge potential of digital technology in imparting education. We do not see phones, laptops, etc., as an obstruction to education but as complementary to it. We can tap into this possible potential, and open ourselves to a world of possibilities.

We are facing the challenge of dwindling resources, the very resources considered essential to education; i.e., Capital, Manpower, Quality. But, to move forward would be to use the resources readily available and innovate education; this I believe will help us in reaching out further, and in finding greater opportunities for our children. This need for a jumpstart to education as it is will most certainly create the need for us to develop our project management skills which will help us in effective utilization of existing resources like digital technology.

Embracing project management is thus essential for the trade, a prerequisite to successful delivery.

How can project management benefit school and district administrators?

The more radical an innovation, the more issues it will bring with it; this is true even in education. So, we need to build necessary skills that will help us in dealing with issues that will arise from this development.

By implementing project management tactics, we can come up with an efficient plan that will deliver effectively. As I said before, it is an issue of resource management that disallows the proper delivery of the project. We cannot lose track of one element in the project while concentrating more on another element, a right balance can be achieved through proper project management and application.

Project Management will help:

  1. Develop a strategic vision/plan to implement key policies
  2. Encourage professional development of key staff
  3. Delegate authority to respective school staff


Project management skills have many advantages, and its application in the right way will ensure the smooth delivery of the project. Like in many other industries, education needs project management; it will enable and empower us in providing better and improved education.


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