Item Coversheet

Board of Education Meeting Date:  10/10/2019

Action under consideration

 The Administration recommends that the Board of Education authorize The School District of Philadelphia, through the Superintendent or his designee, to execute and perform a contract, subject to funding, as follows: 

Manager Tools, LLC 

Professional development for the District’s Executive Leadership team

 Start date: 11/1/2019

 End date: 6/30/2020
 Compensation not to exceed: $75,000 
Administrative Office(s)


The Executive Leadership team of the District is collectively responsible for leadership and management in support of achieving Board policies.  Professional development for the team from Manager Tools will help improve productivity, leadership capacity, employee engagement and retention, and better decision making in support of school achievement.  Manager Tools is a management consulting and training firm owned by Michael Auzenne and Mark Horstman, who consult to and train managers in Fortune 1000 companies around the world that include Apple, AT&T and FedEx.  Manager Tools, in 2005, launched a weekly podcast that has routinely topped the business category of the People’s Choice Podcast Awards several times, and typically receives well over 1 million downloads per month. 


Approximately 100 members of the senior leadership team of the District, from Chiefs and Deputies to Directors of the key functions will receive training that can be applied immediately to improve their performance and that of their staff. 

 Anchor Goal(s) Supported:    

 Funding Source(s): 
FY20 Categorical

 Office Originating Request: Board of Education