Pat Greco

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Pat Greco

Pat served for nearly four decades in public education and brings that hands-on experience to her work helping schools improve their system capacity, develop leaders and engage their teams. She is a recognized leader, consultant, presenter, executive coach and mentor.

About Pat

Organizations don't improve, people do. When we invest in the collective brainpower and hook their hearts to our big aims, we can transform entire systems and make it stick.

Pat is an education industry expert having spent almost 40 years in public teaching, principal and superintendent roles. A champion of continuous improvement, she has extensive training in tools and processes that help transform outcomes for students, staff and school systems.

A first-generation college graduate, Pat is passionate about building leadership and strength at every level of the educational organization.

Prior to joining Studer Education, Pat was the superintendent in Wisconsin’s School District of Menomonee Falls, where she was responsible for growing teacher and leadership capacity, improving student performance from at-risk to top decile, and creating an environment that was named a top workplace for six consecutive years. results valued by the communities she served. Pat has received numerous recognition for her leadership, including the Carnegie Foundation Spotlight Organizations Award, Wisconsin Superintendent of the Year from the School Superintendents Association and the Wisconsin Policy Forum’s lifetime achievement award.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Design and Alignment
  • Cultural Change
  • Engagement
  • Enterprise Strategy
  • Innovation and Commercialization


  • Education & Research
  • Consumer Products
  • Technology Media and Telecommunications
  • Industrials and Manufacturing

Education & Certifications

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.S., University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
  • B.S., University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh
  • Six Sigma green belt certified
  • Kepner-Tregoe certified


  • Embedding Continuous Improvement in K-12 Education Systems

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    Using Continuous Improvement methods, K-12 organizations can prepare for the shifting needs of students and approach improvement proactively using data.

  • Five Factors of High-performing Leaders in Education

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    A portfolio of five schools districts succeeding under leaders who exemplify relentlessness, accountability, development, communication and connection to purpose.

  • Re-recruit Employees through Continuous Onboarding

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    Long-term plans for keeping employees on board with the organization require a balance of continuous improvement strategies and development opportunities.

  • Practicing Innovation and Inclusion to Create a Learning Culture in Schools

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    Four school districts that are setting the example for leaving the comfort zone and changing practices to build a culture of continuous learning for employees and students.

  • The Maturity Model: Phases of Improvement in Organizational Excellence

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    Implementing five phases of improvement to achieve organizational maturity and excellence.

  • Successfully Manage Change through Leadership Transitions in Education Institutions

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    Prepare future education leaders to successfully manage change and leader transitions by developing individual leadership skills aligned to a succession plan.

  • Conducting a Time Sensitive Situation Analysis and Communicating Action Plans Effectively

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    When decision making is critical, the processes and tools need to be seamless. This situation analysis and action plan template can help education leaders.

  • Succession Planning is Key to Sustaining Organizational Excellence in K12 Education

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    This practice to ensure success for tomorrow’s education leaders captures essential knowledge that can only be defined by the person in the role.

  • Using Continuous Improvement Strategies in the Classroom to Help Students Take a Proactive Learning Approach

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    Apply improvement science in the classroom to foster a learning environment focused on continuously improving to become master problem solvers.

  • Easily Measure and Communicate Progress on Improvement Initiatives With a Stoplight Report

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    The Stoplight Report helps monitor and communicate how ideas, concerns, and barriers are being resolved. Keep the team informed of priorities for improvement.

  • The Future of Education: Modernizing the Learning Pathways of New Teachers

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    Like other industries facing disruption, it’s time for education to rethink how it recruits, trains and supports its workforce of the future.

  • Succession Planning: Unleashing the Power of Your People

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    A succession plan is more than list of job responsibilities. It captures the essential skills and key work that can only be defined by the person serving in the role.

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In the Media

  • Quality Improvement Results in a System for Learning

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    Wisconsin School Board Journal, 2013

  • Lean for Education

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    Quality Assurance in Education, 2016

  • Making Improvement Stick

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    School Administrator Magazine, 2018

  • Improvement in Action: Advancing Quality in America’s Schools

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    Harvard Education Press, 2020

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