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Rhim, Lauren Morando – Academic Development Institute, 2013
Locally controlled public schools are one of the cornerstones of our nation's democracy, yet many schools are not preparing students for success. Far too many students are not graduating, and many of those who do graduate are woefully unprepared for college or a meaningful career. Successfully initiating and sustaining meaningful improvements in…
Descriptors: Governing Boards, Boards of Education, Accountability, Educational Change
Bailey, Bersheril; Coscarella, Mark; Kinnaman, Lisa – Academic Development Institute, 2012
Hitching a ride on an automotive metaphor comes easily when Michigan is at the center of the story. After the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) spent a couple years noodling in the design shop about the optimum drivers of school improvement, its education engineers were convinced that the local school district was positioned to shift the…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, Educational Improvement, Educational Change, Educational Practices
Rhim, Lauren Morando – Academic Development Institute, 2012
Effective leadership is critical to successful school turnaround efforts. Yet, district leaders have historically been hesitant to hold leaders accountable for bold change efforts. As federal and state dollars flow to districts and individual schools charged with embarking upon transformative change efforts, districts must adopt a laser-sharp…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Leadership Effectiveness, Administrator Evaluation, Accountability
Redding, Sam; Walberg, Herbert J. – Academic Development Institute, 2012
The research reviewed in this report suggests that some of the contentions about schools, districts, and communities in rural areas are mistaken. Many of the issues they face also confront urban and suburban educators, and rural communities offer several distinctive educational advantages. A lack of student motivation to learn is a problem often…
Descriptors: Rural Schools, Student Motivation, Outcomes of Education, Barriers
Redding, Sam – Academic Development Institute, 2012
This paper presents a Change Leadership Framework and applies the framework to the role of leadership in a State Education Agency (SEA) in setting the conditions for change to accelerate student learning. These conditions include the way the SEA directs its own change and the way it inspires and leads constructive change in districts and schools.…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Educational Change, Instructional Leadership, State Departments of Education
Perlman, Carole L., Ed.; Redding, Sam, Ed. – Academic Development Institute, 2011
The purpose of this "Handbook" is to bolster the effective implementation of the intervention models and strategies outlined in the "2010 School Improvement Grant" (SIG) program--section 1003(g) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)--in order to achieve the program's clear goal--rapid improvement of persistently…
Descriptors: Grants, Guides, Program Implementation, Fidelity
Redding, Sam, Ed.; Murphy, Marilyn, Ed.; Sheley, Pam, Ed. – Academic Development Institute, 2011
This "Handbook" offers a broad definition of family and community engagement, seen through the lens of scholars and practitioners with a wide-ranging set of perspectives on why and how families, communities, and schools collaborate with one another. Taken together, the chapters in this "Handbook" sketch out the components of a…
Descriptors: Guides, Family Involvement, Community Involvement, Family School Relationship
Corbett, Julie – Academic Development Institute, 2011
This report describes the use of Lead Turnaround Partners (LTPs) in the current School Improvement Grant (SIG) program and provides the results of document review, surveys, and interviews with eight State Education Agencies and seven Lead Turnaround Partner organizations. The study focuses on the implementation of the transformation and turnaround…
Descriptors: Partnerships in Education, School Turnaround, Educational Change, Educational Improvement
Rhim, Lauren Morando; Redding, Sam – Academic Development Institute, 2011
In 2010, unprecedented levels of resources began to flow through state education agencies (SEAs) to support dramatic change in persistently low-performing schools under the expanded federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program. The challenge for states is to leverage the federal investment to drive dramatic and sustainable change efforts in…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Grantsmanship, Grants
Walberg, Herbert J. – Academic Development Institute, 2011
In an era of financial stringency and demands for better school performance, it is useful to think about several means of raising school productivity: (1) increase learning effectiveness without increasing costs; (2) reduce costs without diminishing effectiveness; or (3) both, that is, increase effectiveness and simultaneously reduce costs. The…
Descriptors: Educational Finance, Costs, Instructional Effectiveness, Cost Effectiveness
Rhim, Lauren Morando; Brinson, Dana – Academic Development Institute, 2010
Charter school laws and successful charter schools have been identified as key elements of bold initiatives to turn around chronically low-achieving public schools. Yet, charter schools operate in a policy space that was not constructed for them, a space in which public schools are primarily a state responsibility, but are markedly influenced by…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Performance Factors, Federal Aid, Grants
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Walberg, Herbert J. – Academic Development Institute, 2010
This book summarizes the major research findings that show how to substantially increase student achievement. This book draws on a number of investigators who have statistically synthesized many studies. A new education method showing superior results in 90% of the studies concerning it has more credibility than a method that shows results in only…
Descriptors: Student Improvement, Change Strategies, Educational Practices, Instructional Effectiveness
Lane, Brett – Academic Development Institute, 2009
The purpose of this report is to describe a "Framework for District Capacity Building and Improvement" and, through the use of two illustrative case stories, explore how districts can engage in rapid and sustainable improvement efforts. The supporting research, our framework, and a corresponding set of rapid improvement indicators is…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Educational Change, School Districts, School District Wealth
Brinson, Dana; Rhim, Lauren Morando – Academic Development Institute, 2009
The components of a successful school are clear. Many educators can easily list them: high expectations for all students, a safe and orderly learning environment, strong instructional leadership, highly qualified teachers, data-driven decision making, etc. Then why don't more schools change the what they are doing to mirror them? Knowing the…
Descriptors: School Restructuring, School Effectiveness, School Turnaround, Effective Schools Research
Academic Development Institute, 2006
All parents want their children to succeed in school. This guide is designed to give parents, grandparents, and other caregivers ideas and tips that will improve their children's potential for success in school. These ideas also help create a joyful family life and positive connections between "parents and children," "parents and…
Descriptors: Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Education, Parent Aspiration