Thursday, November 15, 2012

Introduction by Charlie Toulmin, Director of Policy, Nellie Mae Education Foundation


  • Betheny Gross, Senior Research Analyst and Research Director, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington
  • Lawrence J. Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark

Moderator: Monica Ouijdani, Research Analyst, Center on Reinventing Public Education, University of Washington

Presentation slides below.


In an effort to raise student performance, a growing number of schools are embracing the principles of student-centered learning (SCL)—an approach that espouses personalized, authentic instruction and takes learning beyond the typical school schedule and calendar. Given the interest in SCL and concerns about spending, researchers from the Center on Reinventing Public Education at the University of Washington and from the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark, with funding from the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, conducted comparative case studies of seven public high schools in six states. The case studies explore three questions:

1) How is SCL delivered?
2) What resources are needed to implement SCL?
3) How does district spending on SCL compare with spending on traditional schools?

The cross-case analysis finds that SCL can be delivered for the same price as traditional schools, provided that districts offer (and schools take advantage of) resource flexibility. In this webinar, the authors will share their findings and policy recommendations, as well as answer questions about their research. Their full report, "Getting Down to Dollars and Cents: What Do School Districts Spend to Deliver Student-Centered Learning?" is now available.

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