This webinar provides a deep dive into the portfolio strategy, the importance of school autonomy within a district context, and the conditions that make a district a promising choice for Carnegie Corporation of New York's "Opportunity by Design" initiative.
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Paul T. Hill is Founder of the Center on Reinventing Public Education and Research Professor at the University of Washington Bothell. His current work focuses on re-missioning states and school districts to promote school performance; school choice and innovation; and finance and productivity.
Dr. Hill’s ideas have profoundly impacted education reform nationwide, influencing the way that many scholars, policymakers, and education leaders think about how the U.S. public education system can be restructured. His development of the portfolio school district management strategy has directly shaped education reform initiatives in cities like New York and New Orleans, among others. He launched the Portfolio School Districts Project in 2008, and built a national network of district officials, mayors, foundations, nonprofits, and others pursuing the portfolio strategy.
Dr. Hill has been a trusted advisor to many of the nation's leading superintendents, state chiefs, and governors; he works closely with city and state leaders facing the need to transform their urban public school systems, and is a frequent source of expertise for legislators and the media. He chaired the National Charter School Research Project and its Charter School Achievement Consensus Panel, as well as Brookings National Working Commission on Choice in K-12 Education.
His books include Learning as We Go: Why School Choice Is Worth the Wait (2010), Making School Reform Work: New Partnerships for Real Change (2004), Charter Schools and Accountability in Public Education (2002), It Takes A City: Getting Serious About Urban School Reform (2000), and Fixing Urban Schools (1998). He is editor (with Julian Betts) of Taking Measure of Charter Schools: Better Assessments, Better Policymaking, Better Schools (2010), and editor of Charter Schools Against the Odds (2006). His recent reports include Portfolio School Districts for Big Cities and Performance Management in Portfolio School Districts.
Dr. Hill is lead author (with Lawrence Pierce and James Guthrie) of Reinventing Public Education: How Contracting Can Transform America’s Schools (University of Chicago Press, 1997). The book concludes that public schools should be operated by independent organizations under contract with public school boards, rather than by government bureaucracies. These ideas profoundly influenced the Education Commission of the States 1999 report, "Governing America's Schools."
Before joining the University of Washington faculty, Dr. Hill worked for 17 years as a Senior Social Scientist in RAND’s Washington office, where he served as Director of Washington Operations (1981-87) and Director of the Education and Human Resources program (1979-80). He conducted studies of site-based management, governance of decentralized school systems, effective high schools, business-led education reforms, and immigrant education, and contributed to studies of defense research, development, and acquisition policy.
As a government employee (1970-77), Hill directed the National Institute of Education's Compensatory Education Study (a Congressionally mandated assessment of federal aid to elementary and secondary education) and conducted research on housing and education for the Office of Economic Opportunity. He also served two years as a Congressional Fellow and Congressional staff member.
Dr. Hill holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Seattle University, all in political science.
Governing Schools for Productivity
In this paper commissioned by the Bush Center, Paul Hill explains why educational productivity matters and how policies from on high often work against campuses being more productive. He concludes with definite recommendations for how new governance arrangements can promote productivity.
Defining and Organizing for School Autonomy
In a portfolio strategy, schools need to be free to pursue distinctive approaches to instruction and student services. That means they should not be forced by district policies to make the same uses of time, money, staff, instructional methods, technology, facilities, professional...
The SEA of the Future: Leveraging Performance Management to Support School Improvement
This volume explores how state education agencies (SEAs), in a time of constrained resources, can leverage performance management tools to provide strong support for school improvement.
Portfolio Strategies, Relinquishment, The Urban School System of the Future, and Smart Districts
This brief outlines how new K-12 public education governance proposals--relinquishment, smart districts, and the urban school system of the future--are complements, not alternatives, to...
Steps in the Right Direction: Assessing “Ohio Achievement Everywhere” – the Kasich Plan
In this report prepared for the Fordham Foundation, Paul Hill evaluates Ohio Governor John Kasich's education budget proposal. How does the proposal stack up? As the title notes,...
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Several CRPE researchers are presenting at the 2013 annual conference of the American Educational Research Association in San Francisco.
Paul Hill will be a key issue speaker at the 2nd Annual International School Choice and Reform Academic Conference, presented by the Journal of School Choice.
Paul Hill will moderate a Strategy Session on accountability-based flexibility for school districts.
This webinar provides an introduction to the portfolio strategy, why districts adopt it, what they find challenging, and whether they are seeing benefits to students.
This commentary was first published in Education Week.
This Seattle Times article features Paul Hill's leadership of a new consortium studying educational innovations in rural communities.
This Chalkbeat Tennessee article outlines the key components of CRPE's portfolio strategy and notes that Tennessee's state-run Achievement School District was the only district to be ranked as a "national exemplar" in every category.
This Education Week article quotes Paul Hill, who will chair the advisory group for the new Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho. The Consortium will focus on advancing the understanding of how to help rural schools' diverse populations.
This Washington Post editorial recommends Paul Hill's recent analysis of NYC Schools' improvements under Bloomberg's reform initiatives (Hill's analysis was featured in The Atlantic).
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In districts truly committed to the portfolio strategy, principals should be the point people on engagement and communication, writes Christine Campbell.
Paul Hill shares some new ideas on how states can do more to promote effective schools.
Paul Hill comments on the recent charter school debacle in Columbus, Ohio, and the need for a new, community-wide K-12 governance system.
Paul Hill's takeaway from the NAEP TUDA scores: the problem of educating low-income and minority children in big cities is still waiting to be solved.
District schools can hold their own - or better yet, improve - if district leaders make smart changes in response to competition from charter schools, writes Paul Hill.
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