The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership and the people involved in its design and initial implementation take center stage in a new paper by Ashley Jochim of The Center on Reinventing Public Education.
Critics, and even simply concerned citizens who want the best for their students but aren’t sure exactly how to address underperforming schools, raise legitimate questions about the best paths for success. Our approach is to collaborate with communities to design
Educators are charged with the opportunity and the obligation to prepare young people for healthy and productive futures. They are expected to do this with skill, expertise, and finesse. In too many instances, schools lack adequately-equipped staff, access to enrichment,
On the day that the most recent MCAS data is to be released by DESE and a day after Secretary Arne Duncan visited, this article looks at the progress being made in one of the most innovative district turnarounds in the country, Lawrence, MA.
One of the things we hope to do at Empower Schools is inform the field by capturing and sharing practices that can drive success across education systems, communities and states. The turnaround of Lawrence Public Schools in Massachusetts is a
After extensive discussions and more than three years without a contract, Lawrence Public Schools and members of the Lawrence Teachers’ Union ratified an agreement that reinforces features critical to the turnaround of the district while also providing the union and
Salem News recently published this op-ed by Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll on the efforts underway to turnaround the Bentley Elementary School, Salem’s only Level 4 school. “Good dance partners make for better dancing,” Driscoll writes, “and we believe working with
In February 2013, America Achieves convened leaders of 5 “Extraordinary Authority Districts (EADs) – turnaround districts in which states gain legal authority to take over and operate chronically underperforming schools and/or districts. Empower Schools and Lawrence Public Schools joined from