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.
In this report leading government management improvement strategist Eric Schnurer takes a look at the context in which the SEZP was conceived and developed, the core principles and strategies that it operates with, and the initial impact it is having on school leaders, teachers, and district leadership.
The Center for American Progress recently released a report naming five key principles present in successful school turnarounds: high expectations, resources in addition to accountability, skilled leaders, decisions informed by data, and strong school culture that believes in every child’s
As we wrote earlier, Empower worked with the Mayor and School Committee to chart a new path for the Bentley Elementary in Salem. For the past four years, the Bentley has been a Level 4 school, meaning it is among
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.
Boston Globe North reports on Empower and Blueprint’s school turnaround efforts in Salem with Bentley Elementary. “It is definitely an aggressive approach to being able to bring about improvement, but we are committed to having that happen and we’re doing whatever
In late March, the Indiana legislature passed public law 1321 allowing the Board of Indianapolis Public Schools to contract with school management teams and leaders to turnaround failing schools or establish new schools in IPS. This kind of legislation marks
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