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.
Innovation Partnership Zones, as they are called in Representative Peisch’s proposal, share the same general structure as the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership: an independent, interlocking board of directors, a performance contract with the local district, and a pathway to a new, negotiated collective bargaining agreement that allows more teacher voice at the school level.
It has been exciting to see Denver Public Schools leadership so enthusiastic about the promise of the Empowerment Zone model that they are considering launching their own call for Zones and re-fashioning the district’s theory of action to reflect a ‘schools as the unit of change’- a central tenet of Zone, and Empower Schools theory.
One of the most interesting developments in Indianapolis has been the creation of Innovation Network Schools. These schools are district schools that are exempt from the same laws and regulations as charters and operate outside of union contracts.
The New Bedford School Committee voted Monday to authorize the school district to develop redesign plans for the middle schools. One option, but not the only option the schools will look at, is an “innovation zone” with a special governing
Check out the first release from CRPE’s initiative Linking State and Local School Improvement titled Measures of Last Resort: Assessing Strategies for State-Initiated Turnarounds which profiles the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.
Here at Empower Schools we are all about empowering schools. That’s why we are watching (and cheering on) Clark County, NV as it embarks on an ambitious project to reorganize itself into a district of empowered schools.
On Tuesday May 31st, 2016, 400 people came together in Boston to kick off the Emerging Third Way in Education. The Event was hosted by Empower Schools and co-sponsored by MassINC and The Boston Foundation.
I enjoyed reading this thought piece by Andy Smarick because it so succinctly captures the dilemma that is at the heart of Empower’s focus on the Third Way.