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McDonald, Charles – Education Cities, 2018
Education reformers must resist the tendency to use "community engagement" as a means for getting stakeholders to rubber-stamp a predetermined agenda. The tokenism of key grassroots stakeholders and the field of community engagement must be avoided. To do so, leaders and their institutions must continually reflect on how they include…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Community Involvement, Participative Decision Making, Partnerships in Education
Buckley, Amy Hertel – Education Cities, 2018
The north star of quarterback organizations is to increase the number of high quality schools serving low-income students. Quarterbacks consistently point to a lack of affordable facilities as a barrier to their ability to serve more students. Where such barriers exist, Education Cities believes its members can and should play a key facilities…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Low Income Students, Educational Facilities, Barriers
Dauter, Luke; Olivieri, Samantha – Education Cities, 2018
The Education Equality Index (EEI), created through a unique collaboration of GreatSchools and Education Cities, is a nationally comparative measure that looks at how well students from low-income families are achieving in schools, cities, and states across the country and The EEI taps GreatSchools' national school information database and…
Descriptors: Educational Quality, Measures (Individuals), Low Income Students, Academic Achievement
Hassel, Bryan C.; Brooks, Veronica; Perry, Oliver – Education Cities, 2017
This report documents how education "quarterbacks" (formerly known as harbormasters) have supported governance reform in three cities, and why and how they were effective. This exploration of why districts need governance reform and how to catalyze and implement it focuses on the following questions: (1) Why did the education…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Governance, School Administration, Urban Schools
Trusty, Butch – Education Cities, 2017
The core of almost any local education leader's strategy is the rapid growth of high-quality school options for their city's students. Quarterback organizations, however, must decide on the most efficient and sustainable pathways to realize their school creation and growth goals. The basic pathways pursued by most cities include: (1) Replication -…
Descriptors: Public Schools, Access to Education, Urban Schools, Charter Schools
Education Cities, 2016
The Education Equality Index is the first national comparative measure of the achievement gap between students from low-income families and their peers across the state, measured at the school and city levels. Through the Education Equality Index, Education Cities, in partnership with GreatSchools and Schoolzilla, has amassed one of the largest…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Achievement Gap, Measures (Individuals), Low Income Students
Weinberg Jones, Rebecca – Education Cities, 2015
Given the importance of school operators in meeting Education Cities members' school growth goals, Education Cities was interested in the question: What do operators want? What roles and activities of local harbormasters are most, and least, helpful to those running great schools? Between October and November 2015, they interviewed 18 operators in…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Urban Schools, Public Schools, Charter Schools
Education Cities, 2015
Cities compete in nearly every sector. They compete to attract jobs. They compete to attract highly skilled workers. They even compete to attract sports teams. When evaluating new markets, employers and job seekers have common priorities: vibrant cultural scenes, affordable and quality housing, and strong public schools. Cities should compete…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Public Schools, Recruitment, Competition
Douglass, Carrie M.; DeLeon, Christine E. – Education Cities, 2014
Leaders of urban school systems are faced with a daunting fact: Some individual schools achieve incredible results for students from low-income communities, but no urban "school systems" achieve those results for all--or even most--children in an entire city. For generations, students in urban America have been underserved, with few…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Low Income Students, Individualized Instruction, Educational Innovation
Education Cities, 2014
Education Cities is a network of 28 city-based organizations in 22 cities united by one goal: increasing the number of great public schools. The members are nonprofits with deep ties to their communities. They invest in high-impact schools and nonprofits, organizations that recruit and champion talented teachers and principals, engage community…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Nonprofit Organizations, Partnerships in Education, Public Schools