Newsletter – March 23, 2020
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Community conversation Tuesday 3/24, plus new COVID-19 resources!
Like you, we at The Management Center are working furiously to respond to the challenges and risks presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. For us, this means we’re doing business a bit differently these days, such as by going fully remote, moving most of our in-person trainings online (at least through Friday, April 3rd), and producing more content!
Keep reading to:
- Learn how to join our next community conversation
- Check out what we’ve been writing and reading
- Join our mailing list for educational leaders
And of course, feel free to reach out to email@example.com with any questions, comments, and feedback!
TOMORROW (Tuesday, 3/24):
Community Conversation on Preparing Organizations for COVID-19
We are hosting another virtual community conversation for people to come together and discuss early lessons learned, practical tips, and helpful resources. If you didn’t already attend last week’s session (led by our awesome TMC Partner and Education Sector Trainer Nancy Hanks), this is an excellent opportunity to ask questions and share ideas on coronavirus preparation and managing the impact on your organization. Tomorrow’s session will be facilitated by Marissa Graciosa, TMC Partner and Progressive Sector Coach. We’ll summarize key takeaways from the call and publish them on our website; unfortunately, live transcription will not be available.
Tuesday, March 24th, 3:00-4:00pm EDT
(note that the call has been extended to one hour, instead of 45 min.)
To join, simply click here on the day of—no need to pre-register.
What We’re Working On to Support You
We’ve created a special section on our website for COVID-19 specific content, which we’ll update at least once a week for the next few months. Here’s what we’ve created so far:
- Cash Flow Tracker Template / Sample: During uncertain times, even the best-laid plans need to shift. Instead of updating your budget to get a handle on your financials, turn your attention to cash flow. Use this tool to keep track of your anticipated expenses and revenue. Bonus: you can use this tool for scenario planning by creating different versions based on potential decisions you might make (such as hiring freezes).
- TMC COVID-19 Policy Changes & Other Responses: As we mentioned earlier, we’re doing things differently around here. Like most of you, we’ve had to reevaluate and adjust our policies and procedures to ensure that we’re acting in alignment with our values in responding to this situation. If you’re curious about what we’re implementing internally or if you’re looking for sample policies and communications, check out this compilation of our latest policy updates and other responses!
- Survey Questions to Assess Staff Needs: Are you trying to figure out how best to support your staff through this difficult time? Consider sending a survey to your team to better understand their circumstances.
What are your best strategies for managing during COVID-19? Send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New! For Education Sector Leaders
Are you a leader of a school, school system, or education organization? Our Educational Equity team will be carefully curating additional tools and tips to help you manage your priorities, your team, and your culture remotely.
Would you like to be added to our mailing list for educational leaders?
- Yes, I am a senior leader or a chief officer in a school district or CMO
- Yes, I am a school-based leader, principal, assistant principal, director of curriculum, and/or a dean
- Yes, I am a senior leader or a manager at an education-focused non-profit
- No, thanks!
Email email@example.com to let us know!
What We’re Reading
- People First: Wikimedia’s Response to COVID-19 is a must-read for values-driven leaders.
- Worried about the financial impact of the pandemic on your organization? We found this advice helpful (though it’s geared towards the private sector): The Coronavirus Crisis Doesn’t Have to Lead to Layoffs
- If you’re wondering about how to keep your staff safe without running afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act, check out Pandemic Preparedness in the Workplace and the Americans With Disabilities Act (this is a bit of a beast, but make sure to read the bolded text!)
- Many of us are having to shift our programs, strategies, and tactics to account for social distancing. For the organizers among us, here are some ideas: