Category Archives: school improvement

A policy in need of turnaround

This is a share from the Public Education Network weekly news blast: In a commentary in Education Week, [National Equity Project Advisory Board member] Pedro Noguera and Alan Blankstein lament the approach to school turnarounds prescribed by the DOE, which they … Continue reading

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Working with Parents to Evaluate Schools

A team from the National Equity Project is working with Excellent Schools Detroit this week to train and support parents and community organizations to conduct formal site visits of their schools and evaluate school quality.  This initiative is part of … Continue reading

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Equity Conversations among Mentors and New Teachers: Partner Profile

Last year we engaged in a yearlong partnership with the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) Beginning Teacher Support and Assessment (BTSA) program.  This new video provides an overview of that partnership and how new teacher mentors (“support providers”) … Continue reading

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The “Missing Link in School Reform”

This Stanford Social Innovation Review article may turn out to make a big impact on the education change conversation. It endorses several aspects of the National Equity Project’s general approach, especially our emphasis on developing relationships, trust, and collaboration among … Continue reading

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The Need for Embedded Professional Development

A new article in the MDRC newsletter, “Professional Development for Teachers: What Two Rigorous Studies Tell Us,” describes studies in which PD on the workshop / follow-up coaching model was found to have very little effect. They conclude that: “New … Continue reading

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Education Transformation and the Teacher Assessment Debate

Interesting piece by Irving Hamer, Memphis Superintendent, in Ed Week “Collaboration Is Essential in Public Education,” that is part of a larger debate about Joel Klein’s recent Atlantic Monthly article, titled “The Failure of American Schools,” which paints a grim picture of entrenched and … Continue reading

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Collaboration, Vision, and Learning Process

I found a useful powerpoint presentation on school turnaround challenges by a Dave Weaver at a regional SIG conference that focused on cultural and systems blockages to fostering collaboration in schools trying to turn around.  It references a book that clearly … Continue reading

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Central Office Transformation

How do you transform a central office to better serve the schools in a district and foster excellence and equity in teaching and learning district-wide? Professor Meredith Honig at the University of Washington has done a lot of research on … Continue reading

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Teach Like an Equity Champion

A partner school has been using a book called Teach Like a Champion by Doug Lemov (a leader at Uncommon Schools) in their school-wide professional learning.  Different teams were responsible for different sections, they read together, observed and videotaped each other’s … Continue reading

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Motivation and Learning

Student motivation is so often left out of the equation in talking about schooling and reform.  When education is perceived as something that is done to students rather than with them, it tends to result in standardization, low expectations, thin … Continue reading

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