Breakthrough Results

Build Leadership Capacity while Achieving Results

Our Perspective

Learn and practice strategies while working to make a difference

Too often, professional development programs fail to deliver consistent, concrete results. Presented in lecture format, useful tactics and great ideas fail to get implemented when teachers and staff return to the challenges of their daily work. While coaching has been shown to be a powerful developmental tool, the majority of coaching programs have also failed to deliver measurable results at any significant scale. We believe that the most powerful way to develop leadership capacity is not to teach leadership concepts but to have people learn leadership skills while working on a vital performance objective.

"Being part of this Breakthrough Results approach was empowering and made a big difference for our school. We need to use this same approach for every other area we need to look at – we’re talking about literacy, math, etc. This works."

John Samaniego Principal
153rd Street Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District (CA)

Our Approach

Breakthrough Results is a powerful approach that gets measurable results while building leadership skills. The approach has been successfully used to raise attendance, increase graduation rates, improve reading and math achievement, and enhance facility and operations management. The Breakthrough Results approach combines focused goals, progress monitoring, rapid action cycles, performance coaching, and targeted professional development to empower teams, unleash creativity, build leadership capacity, and achieve measurable results.

How It Works

  • District launches a performance initiative aligned to strategic goals and objectives
  • Multiple teams of 5-7 individuals are launched simultaneously to tackle the initiative
  • Each team sets a highly specific, measurable goal to achieve within a short time frame — usually 8-10 weeks
  • Teams develop strategies and put them into action
  • Teams meet weekly to monitor progress, review data, and strategize
  • A Breakthrough Results performance coach attends the weekly meetings to provide performance coaching and targeted professional development
  • Teams collaborate, problem-solve, and build leadership skills while they innovate to achieve results

    Applicable for a variety of challenges:

    • Raising math achievement
    • Raising reading achievement
    • Reducing chronic absenteeism
    • Increasing graduation rates
    • Increasing support for specialized student populations
    • Increasing FAFSA submissions
    • Improving facility operations and management

      Key Benefits

      Build Capacity and Realize Measurable Results

      • Builds enduring skills
      • Provides on-the-job learning and practice
      • Promotes confidence, creativity, and teamwork
      • Proven to achieve measurable results in short timeframe
      • Applicable for a variety of challenges: literacy in early childhood education, chronic absenteeism, information technology, and more!

      Consulting Service

      The Breakthrough Results Approach

      Build enduring skills while achieving measurable results. With the Breakthrough Results approach, DMGroup will help you launch multiple cross-functional teams each composed of five to seven individuals. A DMGroup dedicated coach will work with each team to set a significant, measurable performance goal. Working in rapid cycles over a period of 8-10 weeks, the DMGroup coach will support the team as they work to achieve their goal. Just-in-time targeted professional development and coaching will help the team track data, innovate, overcome obstacles and achieve meaningful change for their school.

      Virtual Breakthrough Results approach also available

      Working hard to serve students during the pandemic, teachers and staff need professional development support. The virtual version of the Breakthrough Results approach is proven to deliver measurable results. The Virtual Breakthrough Results approach, like the in-person version, provides targeted professional development and just-in-time performance coaching to help teachers and staff build leadership skills while achieving tangible results for students.

      Consulting Service

      Breakthrough Results Attendance

      Empower school-based teams to tackle absenteeism and achieve tangible results in a 10-week period. DMGroup’s unique approach combines performance measurement, coaching, peer group support, and professional development to increase attendance while building the capacity of the school team. Reduce chronic absenteeism, increase attendance, and empower staff and build capacity.

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      Breakthrough Results Math

      Empower school-based teams to raise math achievement in ten weeks. DMGroup’s unique approach combines coaching, performance measurement, peer group support, and professional development to improve students’ math scores while building the capacity of your school teams. This proven-method equips your teams with the skills to continue the work and inspires them with the tangible results they help their students achieve. Raise math achievement, build capacity, and empower and inspire staff.

      Consulting Service

      Breakthrough Results ELA

      Reading is widely recognized as the gateway to all learning, and best practices for teaching reading exist. Yet, districts often struggle to implement these best practices due to a lack of fine-grain data on how reading is currently being taught. DMGroup will help you gain the visibility you need in order to align your district’s current elementary reading program to best practices in a sustainable and cost-effective manner. Align to ELA best practices, improve student learning, and realize measurable results in 10 weeks.

      Client Result

      Distance-Learning Breakthroughs: Getting Results and Building Capacity at LAUSD South (CA)

      Read the Success Story

      And now it’s how do we scale up. The infrastructure we built with the Breakthrough Results approach can be applied to any challenge a district can have.

      Michael Romero, Superintendent LAUSD District South