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Redesigning the District Operating System
May, 2015
Steven Hodas

How ingrained district operating systems practices can interfere with policy goals and school-level initiative, and why we need to retool the DOS to enable dynamic problem-solving.


The Case for Coherent High Schools
April, 2015
Paul Hill, Tricia Maas

This paper explains why personalized high schools are hard to get and keep, and shows how we can make them more broadly available through changes in policy and philanthropic investments.


Next Generation School Districts: What Capacities Do Districts Need to Create and Sustain Schools That Are Ready to Deliver on Common Core?
April, 2015
Robin Lake, Paul Hill, Tricia Maas

This paper argues that district-wide systems changes are necessary to encourage and free up schools to innovate, in order to implement personalized learning at scale and meet the challenges of Common Core.


A Blueprint for Effective and Adaptable School District Procurement
January, 2015
Tricia Maas, Robin Lake

This report outlines the problems districts face in procuring innovative goods and services, shows how other sectors have modernized procurement processes, and recommends ways to reform district procurement.


The Politics of K-12 Education in Small Rural School Districts: The Case of Idaho
January, 2015
Sam Sperry, Paul Hill

This report was published by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho as part of their research on the challenges of rural education.


Policy Barriers to School Improvement: What's Real and What's Imagined?
June, 2014
Larry Miller

This report examines federal, state, and district barriers that principals say hinder their ability to make innovative school improvements.


Is Personalized Learning Meeting Its Productivity Promise? Early Lessons from Pioneering Schools
May, 2014
Larry Miller, Betheny Gross, Robin Lake

This fiscal analysis finds that early difficulties forecasting enrollment and revenue can undermine implementation of personalized-learning models that blend computer-based and teacher-led instruction.


Hopes, Fears, & Reality: A Balanced Look at American Charter Schools in 2012
May, 2013
Robin Lake

This year's edition focuses on growth and innovation and pushes charter school leaders to consider whether they are fully using their flexibility and autonomy on behalf of students.


Innovating Toward Sustainability: How Computer Labs Can Enable New Staffing Structures, and New Savings
December, 2012
Suzanne Simburg, Marguerite Roza

Using wage and staffing data from states, this paper projects the financial and staffing implications of one innovative school model (the Rocketship lab rotation) to highlight potential impacts on the schooling workforce and...


Federal Barriers to Innovation
November, 2012
Raegen Miller, Robin Lake

This report identifies three fiscal requirements of federal education programs that stand in the way of promoting innovation in education. The authors recommend modifications that would break down barriers to innovation as...

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