Monday, January 30, 2017

How 3 districts are turning around their schools

Excerpt from the piece by Lori Higgins and Jennifer Dixon in the Detroit Free Press:


[Lawrence, Springfield, and Memphis] are the districts whose school leaders are expected to visit Detroit this week to attend a summit and share their efforts at turning around poor-performing schools.


Experts say there isn't a silver bullet for a successful turnaround. Across the country, some schools have replaced teachers and principals, some have offered more training for teachers, some have given students more learning time, some have converted schools into charter schools or brought in a management company to run a school.

"Any of those interventions could work in one context but not in another," said Ashley Jochim, research analyst at the Center on Reinventing Public Education in Seattle. "You never want to come in and say, 'We have to replace half the teachers.' That's probably a good idea in some schools and in some schools it's probably a horrible idea."


Read the full article.


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