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ERIC Number: ED560712
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
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Smart Districts: Restructuring Urban Systems from the School Up
Mass Insight Education
There is no shortage of ideas for improving urban schools: higher standards; aligned assessments and curriculum; better teacher evaluation and support; more and better parent choices; blended learning; and so on. What's missing is any recognition of the importance of district systems in promoting and sustaining improvement as leaders come and go. Until urban school districts are organized in smarter ways, it will remain impossible to scale or sustain any worthy reform. Creating such "smart districts" starts with accepting three truths supported by decades of evidence in the field: (1) First, urban students need seamless supports and a coherent pathway all the way from kindergarten through high school, (2) Second, the structure of urban school districts and in particular the traditional central office model is broken and unfixable in its current form, and (3) Third, total decentralization and autonomy at the school level doesn't make sense either. This report offers turnaround suggestions, a call to action for policymakers, and next steps to create smart urban districts.
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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