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.
Many of the highest performing schools of all types are “powerful schools.” These schools often have autonomy and flexibility in staffing, schedule, curriculum, and spending. But it’s not really autonomy which makes these schools successful, it’s how educators use their
In 2010, almost 20 years after the groundbreaking Massachusetts Education Reform Act, the state took bold action to re-commit to the work of school and district improvement. The 2010 legislation fixed its sights on school and district turnaround and the newly empowered
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, of all urban school districts, is probably best known for its stability and its predilection for its incremental, don’t-rock-the-boat approach to school improvement. Boston was the first ‘modern’ governance conversion from an elected school committee to mayoral control, and