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
A number of recent news articles have highlighted how education leaders across the country are exploring ways in which increasing school-level flexibilities may improve outcomes for students. Empower’s core belief is that powerful schools change the trajectory of children’s lives.
The Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP) board met for the first time on Tuesday, February 10, reflecting an innovative governance structure that will allow for greater flexibilities and supports for the eight participating middle schools. More background on the SEZP
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