F4T food 4 thought: Something outside the scope … but damn interesting

STG Overview

School Turnaround is a dramatic intervention in a low-performing school that both produces significant achievement gains within two years and prepares the school for long-term transformation into a high-performance organization.

The School Turnaround Group (STG) believes that the problem of chronically failing schools is massive, and therefore cannot be addressed by either incremental change within districts, or by completely abandoning the existing school system. Instead, we advocate a hybrid approach, creating carve-out “Partnership Zones” of low-performing schools that remain within the district but offer more flexible operating conditions.

From our blog: Meeting the Turnaround Challenge

SIG Fun in Illinois

Jan. 24, 2011

Want to work with one of the most innovative state school improvement teams in the country?  The Illinois State Board of Ed is looking for consultants to review the next round of SIG applications.  Check it out!

Which Politics are the Important Politics?

Jan. 24, 2011

In the course of talking about a  Malcolm Gladwell piece on labor-management relations, Andy Rotherham hits a very important point about education politics: Sometimes local teachers union leaders do things that could create a pattern of having school administration singing their praises … That can create problems with their members and not-infrequently create political space […]

Rethinking the Value of Testing

Jan. 21, 2011

There’s a really interesting article in yesterday’s NYTimes about testing.  The article examines a new study in the journal Science that: “found that students who read a passage, then took a test asking them to recall what they had read, retained about 50 percent more of the information a week later than students who used […]

Kevin Carey is Right

Jan. 14, 2011

… and not just because he called me “smart” on his blog yesterday.  Read his post on how the premise of Groundhog Day almost always is misrepresented: The whole point of Groundhog Day, after all, is not that we’re doomed to live the same day over and over. It’s that while we can’t change the immutable […]

Ned … Ryerson!?

Jan. 12, 2011

That’s just one of the wonderful characters you’ll meet in the film Groundhog Day, directed by Harold Ramis, starring Bill Murray, and written by the incredibly nice and thoughtful Danny Rubin (with whom I shared a delightful meal last year). It’s one of my favorite movies and also the theme of an upcoming Fordham event […]

 

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