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; finance and productivity; and improving rural schools.
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 A Democratic Constitution for Public Education (2014), Strife and Progress: Portfolio Strategies for Managing Urban Schools (2012), 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 PhD and MA from Ohio State University and a BA from Seattle University, all in Political Science.
This report was published by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho as part of their research on the challenges of rural education.
In this paper for the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho, Paul Hill explains the importance of improving education in rural areas.
Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, the essays in this third volume of the SEA of the Future describe a "productivity infrastructure" intended to provide a foundation for the work of SEAs.
In this paper for the Bush Center, Paul Hill explains why educational productivity matters and how new governance arrangements can promote it.
This brief explains how portfolio districts define and implement autonomies for schools.
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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.
Paul Hill is quoted in this New York Times article about the NYC Schools Chancellor's return to a more top-down management structure.
CRPE's Paul Hill and Robin Lake are among the nation's top 200 education researchers, reports the Seattle Times.
Paul Hill is quoted in this ChalkbeatCO article on Denver Public Schools' proposed new facilities policy.
In this Crosscut.com op ed, Paul Hill argues that redefining local school board roles will allow them to better focus on school quality.
CRPE's recent work on fixing school accountability systems is highlighted in this Seattle Times blog.
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Paul Hill discusses why accountability must be about protecting children and improving their chances, not about punishing teachers.
Robin Lake wraps up our blog series on accountability with a look at where we go from here.
Sandy Kress, former senior advisor on education to President George W. Bush, continues our blog series on fixing school accountability systems.
James Merriman, CEO of the New York City Charter School Center, continues our blog series on fixing school accountability systems.
Paul Hill, Robin Lake, and Michael Petrilli kick off a blog series intended to prompt a productive dialogue around fixing school accountability systems.
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