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The Best of Both Worlds: Can District-Charter Co-Location Be a Win-Win?
August, 2015
Michael DeArmond, Elizabeth Cooley Nelson, Angela Bruns

This report explores the challenges of leveraging co-location as a tool for school improvement.


The Four-Day School Week in Rural Idaho Schools
July, 2015
Paul Hill, Georgia Heyward

This report was published by the Rural Opportunities Consortium of Idaho as part of their research on the four-day school week in rural Idaho.


Carrots, Sticks, and Sermons: How Policy Shapes Educational Entrepreneurship
June, 2015
Ashley Jochim

This paper was written by Ashley Jochim for the American Education Institute's conference, The State of Entrepreneurship in K–12 Education, held June 24, 2015.


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.


Common Enrollment, Parents, and School Choice: Early Evidence from Denver and New Orleans
May, 2015
Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond, Patrick Denice

This report examines the implementation and early results of common enrollment systems in Denver and New Orleans.


The SEA of the Future: Uncovering the Productivity Promise of Rural Education
May, 2015
Betheny Gross, Ashley Jochim, Paul Hill, Marguerite Roza, Tessie Rose Bailey, Rebecca Zumeta

Edited by Betheny Gross and Ashley Jochim, this fourth volume of the SEA of the Future details how rural schools and districts are innovative in how they deliver services, recruit teachers, use technology, and serve special populations.


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.


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.


The Portfolio Strategy CEO: The Job and How to Prepare for It
March, 2015
Paul Hill, Shannon Murtagh

This primer for portfolio strategy leaders identifies the main challenges of the job and how to approach them.


In-Depth Portfolio Assessment: Spring Branch Independent School District, Texas
March, 2015
Libuse Binder

This report examines Spring Branch Independent School District's progress on implementing the portfolio strategy.

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