We believe every student
should have the opportunity to achieve success. Our work equips school leaders with the tools to run exemplary schools.
Big Rock Educational Services works directly with school leadership teams to collaboratively identify, prioritize, and implement effective school systems aimed at increasing student achievement.
BRES consultants Scott Hudnor and Matt Khirallah zeroed in on meeting the needs of our school using methodologies rooted in transformative leadership and instructional best practices. We were able to articulate the focus areas for each member of the leadership team with Scott’s support. It is wonderful to work with a team that is student driven and able to meet the needs of a variety of communities across the country. Thanks to this great support our leadership team is now equipped, focused and ready to work on achieving our school goals and big rocks, with minimized distractions and maximized efficiency.
Daniela AnelloHead of School, DC Bilingual Public Charter School
This past year, Scott has had a tremendous impact on me and my leadership development. He has pushed me to articulate clearly what I believe and want to be true in a school, and to translate those beliefs into big rocks that can be communicated, measured, and lived through every aspect of the school. Additionally, he has helped me develop strategic systems that will allow me to prioritize my time as a leader intentionally and in the highest impact areas. In every interaction, I know that my experiences, strengths and beliefs about schools are both valued and leveraged to have the highest possible positive impact on my teachers, leadership team, and students.
Katie HillFisher Fellow and Founding School Leader, KIPP Truth Elementary School
As a founding school leader, I have learned that having a great vision and mission for our school is not enough. Through working with Scott Hudnor, BRES, I have been able to pinpoint the systems that will get our students and staff closer to that vision. After identifying the systems, we worked together to create detailed criteria for achieving excellence within each system. This allowed me to plan more intentionally the way in which I will communicate with and support my staff in the implementation of these systems. I have a peace of mind knowing that I have indicators that I can study to determine whether we are on track or need to adjust course in order to meet our mission, which is to prepare our students to succeed in college.
Esmeralda CardosoFisher Fellow and Founding School Leader, KIPP Destiny Middle School
BRES consultant Scott Hudnor was able to listen to our needs, diagnose next steps, draft rubrics based on our systems, and then come in to coach our team to align to culture rubrics. Scott lead a process that was focused, collaborative, and effective. We have attended many trainings on coaching, but working with Scott allowed us to be precise and articulate in coaching practice. After one day with Scott, we are so excited to continue to practice using the rubrics and coaching protocol.
Malka BorregoFounder and CEO, Equitas Academy Charter Schools
As a new initiative, it is very important for us to have strong program goals and monitor our progress toward these goals frequently. Our partnership with BRES has allowed us to objectively monitor our program goals. We are able to use the BRES rubric to concentrate on the big rocks we want to ensure we achieve with fidelity. As a result we have utilized their diagnostics to guide our learning walks, adjust our PD cycles, and our leadership approach to address the data reflected throughout the year. Scott and Matt are truly reflective and responsive and have been wonderful thought partners and accountability partners with us. They have a knack for building immediate relationships and rapport with individuals on our campuses that have led to increased buy-in and accelerated results. It is a pleasure to work with them knowing they work with the mindset that students come first!
Jolee Healey and Shatara StokesAsst. Superintendent - ACE Schools, ACE Schools Coordinator, Dallas ISD
We were incredibly proud to achieve unprecedented double-digit gains across content areas on our state-wide standardized exam. Beyond the message of inspiration and hope this achievement sent to our students, staff, families, and broader community, the gains also enabled us to move off the state’s “improvement required” list thereby elevating the reputation of our school community. BRES was the ultimate partner in this work. Working side-by-side with BRES on our priorities helped me determine both the “what to do” while also ensuring I remained laser focused on exactly how to ensure the highest impact systems were rolled out correctly across our school. BRES’s hands-on approach of co-observing and planning with my leadership team and me by asking probing questions real-time resulted in highly successful implementation of our priorities because they were there with us every step of the way. We received immediate feedback, knew exactly how to upgrade our gaps immediately, and were able to transform our practice instantly by implementing feedback right away. I couldn’t be more excited to continue working with them again this year. The gains I know I’ll make as a leader will translate to students and there’s no more powerful support than that.
Oscar ApontePrincipal, Maple Lawn Elementary School - Dallas ISD
It is very difficult to turn theory into action when turning around a school. Working with BRES helped us to make the research relevant to our needs. BRES consultants Scott Hudnor and Matt Khirallah facilitated our development of big rocks and provided a support structure to ensure fidelity. They served as thought partners as we created systems to prioritize our goals, establish effective data-driven professional learning communities, and provide effective coaching for our leadership team. Along with these initiatives, their method of questioning is an invisible curriculum that increased our leadership capacity. The BRES team provided us with a foundation to ensure teachers and leaders are growing professionally and every child is successful.
Clement Alexander, Jr.Principal, Daniel Webster Elementary School - Dallas ISD
Having known Scott since he joined the Dallas Ed Reform landscape a number of years ago, I was happy to see him focus his considerable talent on supporting fidelity of high leverage leadership practices. Teaching Trust is happy to be an early adopter of BRES services and has received valuable training for our coaches as they work to strengthen and calibrate their leadership development.
Rosemary PerlmeterCo-Founder & Senior Program Officer - Teaching Trust
Founder - Uplift Education
As a former employee of KIPP Dallas Fort-Worth and current Co-Founder at Big Rock Educational Services, Scott Hudnor has worked with me and is currently working with our regional Academics team to put highly structured and effective systems in place that our school leaders can use to implement data driven instruction, school culture walkthroughs and effectively manage their time against the most important educational levers. He is in constant contact with the team and ensures that his services align with the particular needs and goals of KIPP DFW. His knowledge on the highest levers for school success–and most important of all, how to successfully create and implement them–has been a huge asset to our KIPP DFW schools and the KIPPsters we serve!
Quinton VanceExecutive Director, KIPP Dallas-Fort Worth
The support and development I received from Scott Hudnor as a teacher has provided me with the tools to succeed in my later leadership roles as Dean and Director of my school. Scott’s observations and collection of objective data helped me to see my highest leverage areas of growth and he always delivered that feedback with a very collaborative and supportive demeanor. Scott has a knack for pinpointing the next big “thing” that is needed in the classroom setting in order to achieve his vision of excellence. He eats, sleeps and breathes student achievement.
Chloe LaFrancePrimary Director, Uplift Luna Preparatory