Steve Cousins

Steve Cousins served as Superintendent of Traverse City Area Public Schools (Michigan) and served in the Reeths-Puffer School District as superintendent, high school and middle school principal, and assistant superintendent for curriculum and staff development. Steve is highly praised for his proven leadership abilities and his strengths in effectively sharing his knowledge and skills with others.

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The Leading for Excellence™ Model

“We cannot become what we need by remaining what we are”

John C. Maxwell

Many school districts struggle with building effective and sustainable improvement systems. As a result, performance of personnel and students tends to change little over time. In essence, schools spend a lot of time looking at Vanity Data instead of Impact Data, and then place improvement efforts into feedback cycles that are far too long to achieve sustained improvement. Leading for Excellence™ consulting services provides a comprehensive approach to solving these problems utilizing tools that have been effective in delivering performance improvement in health care, manufacturing, and the tech industries for decades. The following services are available through PEAK Learning Systems:

Benefits for Your School or District

Leading for Excellence™ training and coaching sessions meaningfully address:

  • The value of relationship-building as the foundation of organizational leadership
  • Planning on three organizational levels for support of organizational change
  • Value stream and motivation
  • Creating faster, sustainable cycles of improvement
  • Using tools to promote continuous improvement
  • The concept of impact data vs vanity data to drive improvement
  • Thinking with the instructional core as a filter
  • The concept of “agitation” and its relationship to organizational learning

  • The five building blocks for support of professional development
  • The concept of “drive strength” and its relationship to organizational leadership
  • The solidification of a working understanding of the explorers, pioneers, settlers and stay-behinds model for change flow
  • Avoiding common pitfalls made while leading change for increased achievement
  • Successful, proven tools for supporting and leading teachers in change
  • Critical instructional tools and clarity with common misperceptions in “best practices”

Bring Leading for Excellence™ to your School or District!
“Steve is a natural leader, an effective communicator, and an inspirational coach. Organizational leadership is Steve’s passion and he has the keen ability to influence.”Greg Helmer, Assistant Superintendent, Mona Shores Public Schools
“In spite of the huge economic downturn we were experiencing, we were always strategic and intentional. Steve provided the board, the administrative team and the district the strong leadership needed to survive those years. We were under huge pressure from unions, increasing performance standards, and immersed in a redefining of the whole business of education. And yet, every decision was filtered through the lens of our core mission: doing what’s best for students.”Pam Turner, Director, Reeths-Puffer Schools
“Steve transformed Traverse City Area PS and showed our district that Lean Continuous Improvement Tools and Concepts, well established in manu- facturing, service, and health care industries, can be equally successful in an educational setting. Through the use of Lean, Traverse City Area Public Schools reduced operating costs, increased efficiencies, and improved instructional delivery as documented by significant student achievement data.”Paul Soma, Superintendent, Traverse City Area Public Schools
“Steve excels when it comes to connecting people to ideas. His ability to articulate, demonstrate, and coordinate improvement initiatives is exemplary. He is a leader of leaders and teacher of leaders.”Steve Edwards, Superintendent of Schools, Muskegon Reeths-Puffer Schools

Summer Institutes

Benefit from leadership tools that embed continuous improvement structures for increased operational efficiency and student achievement