Quick Wins! 2nd Edition.         

Using Behavior Science to Accelerate and Sustain School Improvement

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Grounded in Organizational Behavior Management (OBM), or the science of human behavior for making a positive difference in any school or organization, the book’s goal is to be a school leader’s “grab and go” resource for building momentum for change. Though it is written from the perspective of a school leader, you don’t have to be a school leader to leverage the power of Quick Wins. Whether you are a school district official, principal, assistant principal, dean, guidance counselor, behavior analyst, or a school consultant, or you hold any administrative position where you engage people to implement change, this book is intended for you.

Reading Quick Wins will give you a clear understanding and actionable steps related to:

  •  Engaging the team to rally around Quick Wins
  •  Using the power of direct observations and conversations during school improvement initiatives
  • Understanding the importance of feedback to build trust, self-efficacy, and performance
  • Perfecting the use and role of goals for school improvement
  • Developing leadership’s role in delivering effective communication and feedback
  • Creating meaningful Quick Wins that can improve misbehavior, staff performance, and the school’s climate and culture

Quick Wins is a systematic approach grounded in organizational behavior science for achieving results and rapidly transforming schools.

About the Authors: 

Paul Gavoni HeadshotAnika Costa headshotBest-selling authors Dr. Paul "Paulie" Gavoni and Anika Costa are educational consultants, leadership, and coaching experts who deliver authentic trainings and high-energy presentations. With almost 40-years’ combined experience serving educators and students, their unique perspectives as both educators and behavior scientists challenge educational leaders to rethink their approaches to building sustainable and positive cultures. Their approach has resulted in schools characterized by high retention, low incidents of misbehavior, and high rates of student achievement. 

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For most, writing a book is driven by passion, not profit. This is apropos as we both possess a deep passion for disseminating the science of human behavior across education to help make a positive difference. Between the two of us, we’ve spent more than 40 years working directly in or consulting with districts and schools. We love educators and truly believe they are the backbone of our nation. They deserve the greatest respect and should be provided the greatest support... 

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Change is often hard for those involved. And while educational leaders are eager to make a difference, a common mistake they make is putting many demands on faculty and staff during the initial stages of change. This pairs change efforts with something aversive, squashing motivation and the behaviors required to achieve success. Unfortunately, these demands stall change efforts, leaving school leaders perplexed as they reflect on a year’s worth of struggle with little to show for it. Had they identified Quick Wins, their story would be different. 

School leaders wishing to launch new initiatives, or any large-scale change, can gain buy-in and momentum by choosing to initially focus on areas that are visible, require relatively little effort, and have a valued outcome for stakeholders. In short, Quick Wins. But that is only a part of the formula. While getting buy-in and building momentum are critical, sustaining the behavior of the stakeholders required to achieve goals is fundamental to lasting success. In the end, it all comes back to behavior: the behavior of the students, faculty, staff, and school leaders. Quick Wins teaches school leaders and those tasked with school improvement how to leverage behavioral science to bring out the best in people.


“Quick Wins! delivers a practical and comprehensive roadmap that will empower educational leaders to support positive change and impact school, teacher, and student achievement.”

Shelley McLean, M.Ed., BCBA, Autism in Education Coordinator

“Gavoni and Costa provide practical and profound avenues that will enrich your personal and professional life and the tools and skills to turn your school into everything you can imagine it to be.”

Mark Thomas Adams, Ph.D.

“Quick Wins! transcends the information typically shared in books on leadership... The information in this book will not only benefit those serving in leadership roles but anyone seeking to produce systemic change in schools.”

Nasiah Cirincione-Ulezi, Ed.D., BCBA