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Doyle, Daniela; Hernandez-Cruz, Ismael – Public Impact, 2019
As districts across the country search for ways to turn around their lowest-performing schools, a growing number are partnering with external providers--often charter operators--to implement "restarts." These providers receive operational autonomy and bring their own approach to schooling, positioning them to implement deep and…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Districts, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Conrad Fisher, Julia; Doyle, Daniela – Public Impact, 2019
While the charter sector has much to celebrate, the country can do more to put great schools--including excellent charters--within reach for our most vulnerable students. Students with disabilities represent one such group. The best solutions start by partnering with the parent groups that advocate for students with disabilities, and have been…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Parent Role, Partnerships in Education, Students with Disabilities
Field, Tim; Smith, Troy – Public Impact, 2019
Facilities access is arguably the largest and most persistent challenge facing new and expanding charter schools. Creating a charter facility "incubator" can help solve this challenge. This case study provides an in-depth look at the design and operations of one such incubator, "Building Pathways," a nonprofit that serves as…
Descriptors: Charter Schools, Educational Innovation, Educational Facilities, Educational Facilities Improvement
Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
How could far more children ages 0-5 who are in early childhood education and care settings have consistent access to excellent teaching? In these critical developmental years, young children--especially those who have fewer educational and developmental advantages outside of formal settings--need "excellent teaching every year" to…
Descriptors: Young Children, Early Childhood Education, Educational Quality, Preschool Education
Kim, Juli; Doyle, Daniela – Public Impact, 2019
In 2011, some of Charlotte's leading private and corporate foundations formed a partnership with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to implement innovative school turnaround interventions affecting use of talent, time, and technology, and engaging parents and communities at West Charlotte High School and its feeder elementary and middle schools. In…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Partnerships in Education, Philanthropic Foundations, Public Sector
Doyle, Daniela; Hernandez-Cruz, Ismael – Public Impact, 2019
When the first virtual school began more than 20 years ago, it offered an incredible promise: Suddenly, students could get access to a great education and a diversity of courses regardless of place or time. They could have flexibility to "attend" school around medical appointments, sports practices, or whatever else life threw at them.…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Virtual Classrooms, Online Courses
Kim, Juli; Field, Tim; Hassel, Bryan C. – Public Impact, 2019
Across the United States, a movement to create a new kind of public school--"autonomous district schools"--is giving districts the freedoms charter schools receive. Like charter schools, autonomous district schools are freed from innovation-inhibiting state and district policies, allowing talented educators to make academic and…
Descriptors: Educational Innovation, Public Schools, Educational Quality, Educational Improvement
Dean, Stephanie – Public Impact, 2019
Data about the teaching profession in Indiana make clear the potential for a full-blown public crisis unless policymakers take decisive action this year. Indiana teacher pay dropped 15 percent between 2000 and 2017 when adjusted for inflation, moving from $59,986 to $50,554--and Indiana teachers earn 17 percent less than college graduates in other…
Descriptors: Teaching Conditions, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Education, Faculty Development
Doyle, Daniela; Kim, Juli – Public Impact, 2019
The first IDEA Public Schools' campus opened in 2000, just miles from the US-Mexico border in Donna, Texas. Fast-forward nearly two decades, and 79 IDEA public charter schools serve approximately 45,000 students across six regions, and those students consistently outperform their peers statewide on a range of metrics from proficiency to graduation…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Charter Schools, Educational Development, School Districts
Kim, Juli; Hargrave, Elaine; Brooks-Uy, Veronica – Public Impact, 2018
In 2007, civic and philanthropic leaders founded the nonprofit Partnership for Los Angeles Schools to transform some of the city's highest-need, lowest-performing schools. Eleven years later, schools in the Partnership network have made notable improvements, with much more substantial gains in student performance relative to other schools in the…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Change, School Districts, School Turnaround
Public Impact, 2018
U.S. education leaders have spent decades highlighting and attempting to close achievement gaps among demographic groups. The gaps between African-American and Latino students compared to their white and Asian peers, as well as the gaps between low-income students and others, are among the most pernicious. In 2017, Oak Foundation commissioned…
Descriptors: Achievement Gap, Minority Group Students, African American Students, Hispanic American Students
Public Impact, 2018
To reach more students with excellent instruction, multi-classroom leaders (MCLs) lead small teams of teachers, and multi-school leaders (MSLs) lead small teams of principals. MCLs and MSLs are paid more, within their schools' regular budgets, and are selected for their record of leadership and excellence in achieving high-growth student learning.…
Descriptors: Career Development, Teacher Effectiveness, Teacher Leadership, Teacher Collaboration
Barrett, Sharon Kebschull – Public Impact, 2018
The article examines how a high school teacher designed an honors precalculus blended-learning class in North Carolina. By making videos of precalculus lectures where she had students watch during their days off from the class, the teacher was able to have her students work on problem solving and inquiry-based activities in groups when in-class.…
Descriptors: Blended Learning, Mathematics Instruction, Calculus, Secondary School Mathematics
Public Impact, 2018
For more than a decade teacher residencies have prepared classroom-ready teachers for hard-to-staff subjects and high-need schools. Across the country, mounting evidence shows that residencies produce effective teachers who stay in the profession longer and produce greater student achievement than traditionally-trained teachers. No residency,…
Descriptors: Program Design, Teacher Education Programs, Educational Finance, Sustainability
Kim, Juli; Hargrave, Elaine; Uy-Brooks, Veronica – Public Impact, 2018
Like many large districts in urban U.S. cities, L.A. Unified struggles to produce strong results for all students. On 2015-16 end-of-year state tests, 60 percent of students did not meet state standards in English language arts (ELA). Students fared even worse in math: 70 percent performed below grade level. High-need students are struggling the…
Descriptors: Sustainable Development, Educational Change, School Districts, School Turnaround
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