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Torres, A. Chris; Bulkley, Katrina; Kim, Taeyeon – Educational Administration Quarterly, 2020
Purpose: This study examines how district governance and different school contexts in Denver's portfolio management model affect shared leadership for learning. We define this as shared influence on instructional leadership and school-wide decision making, which research suggests have strong ties to student achievement and teacher commitment.…
Descriptors: Portfolios (Background Materials), Models, Instructional Leadership, Participative Decision Making
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Center on Reinventing Public Education, 2018
The Citywide Education Progress Report looks at how a city is doing across three goals: (1) The education system is continuously improving; (2) All students have access to a high-quality education; and (3) The education strategy is rooted in the community. Across each goal it presents indicators of what the city is doing and how it is doing. The…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Elementary Secondary Education, Public Schools, Achievement Gap
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Fowler, Denver J.; Brown, Kelly – AASA Journal of Scholarship & Practice, 2018
By using equity theory through a social justice lens, the authors intend to highlight how data are currently being used to solve the "what" and not the "why" as it relates to achievement gaps for marginalized students in urban settings. School practitioners have been utilizing quantitative data, such as district and state…
Descriptors: Data, Decision Making, Management Information Systems, Social Justice
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Osborne, David – Education Next, 2016
Some of the most dramatic gains in urban education have come from school districts using what is known as a "portfolio strategy." Under this approach, districts negotiate performance agreements with public schools--traditional, charter, and hybrid models. The arrangement affords school leaders substantial autonomy to handcraft their…
Descriptors: School Choice, Charter Schools, Urban Education, School Districts
Iyengar, Nithin; Lewis-LaMonica, Kate; Perigo, Mike – Bridgespan Group, 2017
This article is part of a Bridgespan Group research project that focuses on a new wave of district-led "innovation zones" that holds promise to overcome the challenges of turning around failing schools and deliver significant improvements in student outcomes. This new wave provides a subset of district schools with control over staffing,…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, School Districts, School Turnaround, School District Autonomy
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Fowler, Denver J.; Johnson, Jerry – Education Leadership Review of Doctoral Research, 2014
The purpose of this study was to investigate the ethical leadership perspectives of Ohio public school superintendents. Secondly, this study examined to what extent ethical leadership perspectives of Ohio public school superintendents vary according to school district characteristics. Furthermore, the study examined to what extent do ethical…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Public Schools, Ethics, Administrator Attitudes
Ooms, Alexander – Donnell-Kay Foundation, 2014
Since 2009, academic outcomes for students in Denver Public Schools (DPS) have slowly improved. The primary mechanism for increasing academic performance lies within the district's schools, and on an aggregate level Denver has seen a substantial rise in both the number of quality schools and the percentage of students they serve. Every child…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, School Effectiveness, Public Schools, Outcomes of Education
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Baxter, Parker; Ely, Todd L.; Teske, Paul – Education Next, 2019
In October 2018, when Tom Boasberg stepped down as superintendent of Denver Public Schools (DPS) after 10 years on the job, he was no doubt frustrated to see his longtime critics rejoice. What likely disappointed him most, though, was that some of his strongest supporters abandoned him, too. This article discusses how Boasberg redesigned Denver's…
Descriptors: Superintendents, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Educational Change
Aspen Institute, 2014
To assist system administrators as they pursue their own teacher leadership initiatives, this profile from Leading Educators and the Aspen Institute details the steps Denver Public Schools (DPS) took to design and implement its Differentiated Roles pilot. Specifically, it examines the initiative's opportunities and challenges within the context of…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Teacher Leadership, Program Development, Program Descriptions
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Nazareno, Lori – State Education Standard, 2015
Teachers are increasingly dissatisfied. In one recent survey, 47 percent of teachers said they were not enthusiastic about their jobs, and another showed a sharp drop in teacher satisfaction since 2008, from 62 to 39 percent. This dissatisfaction does not stem from what one might think--stresses related to dealing with students and families.…
Descriptors: Teacher Leadership, Instructional Leadership, Teacher Attitudes, Job Satisfaction
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Crismond, David; Peterie, Matthew – Science Teacher, 2017
The Troubleshooting Portfolios approach was developed at the Olathe Northwest High School in Olathe, Kansas. This approach supports integrated STEM and "informed design" thinking and learning, in which students: (1) use design strategies effectively; (2) work creatively and collaboratively in teams; (3) make knowledge-driven decisions;…
Descriptors: High School Students, STEM Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Design
Teske, Paul; Yettick, Holly; Ely, Todd; Klute, Mary – Phi Delta Kappan, 2015
Denver Public Schools traditional and charter schools combined to create a single system that allowed all students to indicate their school choice preferences, replacing a system of more than 60 different selection processes. The new system also gave families a wealth of information regarding school quality. A study of the new system found it was…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, School Choice, Program Effectiveness
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Korach, Susan; Anderson, Erin; Hesbol, Kristina; Tabron, Lolita; Candelarie, Doris; Kipp, Patty; Miller-Brown, Ellen – Journal of Research on Leadership Education, 2019
Research indicates that preparation programs featuring partnerships between universities and districts have a greater impact on career advancement of graduates than more conventional university-based programs. The University of Denver's (DU) Ritchie Program for School Leaders has been identified as a "model" of university-district…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, College School Cooperation, Instructional Leadership, Educational Policy
Bulkley, Katrina E.; Marsh, Julie A.; Strunk, Katharine O.; Harris, Douglas N.; Hashim, Ayesha K. – Harvard Education Press, 2020
In "Challenging the One Best System," a team of leading education scholars offers a rich comparative analysis of the set of urban education governance reforms collectively known as the "portfolio management model." They investigate the degree to which this model--a system of schools operating under different types of governance…
Descriptors: Urban Education, Urban Schools, Governance, Educational Change
Baroody, Karen; Schick, Laura; Apfelbaum, Kate – Education Resource Strategies, 2017
Over the last decade, Denver Public Schools (DPS) became one of the fastest-improving large districts in the country--achieving significant improvement across all student subgroups. Unlike many city districts, DPS included charter and innovation schools as integral parts of their system and improvement strategy. DPS' journey demonstrates how much…
Descriptors: Public Schools, School Districts, Educational Improvement, Educational Quality
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