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  • 11/22/2010
  • Source: ERS introduction only Location: \\\\Minerva\\ers_data\\Internal ERS\\Slide Library Documents\\1-ERS Slides
  • Scaling and sustaining change

    1. 1. <ul><li>April 2010 </li></ul>Scaling and Sustaining Change: The District Role in School Turnaround November 4, 2010
    2. 2. Barriers to successful school improvement at scale <ul><li>“ One size fits all” programs </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    3. 3. Barriers to successful school improvement at scale <ul><li>Support layered on top of broken structures </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    4. 4. Barriers to successful school improvement at scale <ul><li>Temporary fixes that don’t improve the system </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    5. 5. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    6. 6. Who are you? <ul><li>District employee </li></ul><ul><li>School employee </li></ul><ul><li>State or federal employee </li></ul><ul><li>Researcher/ consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Other </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    7. 7. How many “turnaround schools” are there in your district? <ul><li>None </li></ul><ul><li>1-3 </li></ul><ul><li>3-6 </li></ul><ul><li>6-10 </li></ul><ul><li>More than 10 </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    8. 8. Education Resource Strategies: Who we are <ul><li>ERS is a non-profit that partners with urban districts to change the way people, time, and money are used so that all students receive the support they need to succeed. </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC. CHICAGO (05) LA (06, 07) ST. PAUL (06) OAKLAND (07)
    9. 9. Why is school turnaround so hard? EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC. The Cycle of Failure
    10. 10. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    11. 11. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    12. 12. Students turnaround schools have higher needs than students in in non-turnaround schools Student needs in one urban district…
    13. 13. Low performing schools are also more likely to have an unstable teaching force… <ul><li>Note: School Performance metric is average of % students proficient in Math and % students proficient in ELA </li></ul>Bottom Quartile Schools by performance (Q4) Q3 Top Quartile Schools by performance (Q1) Q2 52.9% 47.9% 41.5% 39.8% (0-3 years) (0-3 years) Source: The Teaching Job: Restructuring for Effectiveness. Education Resource Strategies (2010)
    14. 14. … and lower performing teachers <ul><li>Source: Turnaround Schools: District Strategies for Success and Sustainability. Education Resource Strategies (2010) </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC. Lowest Performing School Highest Performing School School Performance Continuum District A Distribution of High Performing Teachers* across School Performance Quintiles 40% 50% 58% 51% 73%
    15. 15. Does your district have an effective process for assessing student, staff and practice needs across all schools? <ul><li>All dimensions, all schools </li></ul><ul><li>All dimensions, some schools </li></ul><ul><li>Some dimensions, some schools </li></ul><ul><li>No systematic evaluation </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    16. 16. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    17. 17. <ul><li>Note: N = 88, Secondary Schools only </li></ul>There is wide variation in spending by school, even after adjusting for incremental turnaround funding, and many turnaround schools are still below median Incremental Turnaround Funding Median Funding excluding Turnaround Resources Median Funding Excluding Turnaround Resources : $6,500 District C General Education Spending Per Pupil by School Source: Turnaround Schools: District Strategies for Success and Sustainability . Education Resource Strategies (2010)
    18. 18. <ul><li>Source: Turnaround Schools: District Strategies for Success and Sustainability. Education Resource Strategies (2010) </li></ul>Even low performing schools with adequate resources aren’t always using them in the best way Minutes of instructional time in one urban district
    19. 19. <ul><li>EFFECTIVE TEACHING TEAMS with complementary skills, and time to collaborate with experts around student data and work </li></ul><ul><li>ADDITIONAL INSTRUCTIONAL TIME especially in core academic subjects, for struggling students </li></ul><ul><li>TARGETED INDIVIDUAL ATTENTION including reduced class sizes in key subjects and grades and flexible schedules and grouping structures </li></ul>Strategic School Design Practices
    20. 20. Does your district take current funding into account when determining turnaround funding? <ul><li>Yes, definitely </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, kind of… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not really </li></ul><ul><li>No, not at all </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    21. 21. Does your district ensure that schools are maximizing their current resources before or in addition to receiving turnaround funding? <ul><li>Yes, definitely! </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, kind of… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not really… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not at all </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    22. 22. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    23. 23. Turnaround schools are often not the only schools in need of help <ul><li>Source: Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC. Turnaround Schools Schools closed or consolidated 2009 MCAS Composite Performance Index Boston schools scoring less than 65
    24. 24. Interventions must be tailored to meet school needs EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    25. 25. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    26. 26. All interventions are not created equal <ul><li>Mission critical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The right leader and teachers to meet student – people AND support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Baseline support for at-risk students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Important but…only after Mission Critical </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Extended learning time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Flexible scheduling and grouping in response to student needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central office support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Low leverage </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standalone tutoring or after school programs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Across the board class size reduction </li></ul></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    27. 27. A tale of four districts… <ul><li>Source: Turnaround Schools: District Strategies for Success and Sustainability. Education Resource Strategies (2010) </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC. ? Principals? Teachers? Teacher support? Extended time? Student results?
    28. 28. Does your district’s turnaround strategy invest first in mission critical areas? <ul><li>Yes, definitely! </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, kind of… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not really… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not at all </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    29. 29. How do the four Federal school improvement models fit in? EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    30. 30. School turnaround requires district turnaround <ul><li>Lessons learned from turnaround schools </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing funding levels adequate to meet student needs </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher and school leader capacity </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility to adapt schedules and structures </li></ul><ul><li>Ongoing central office support </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    31. 31. Is your district addressing district-wide conditions that don’t support sustainable school improvement? <ul><li>Yes, definitely! </li></ul><ul><li>Yes, kind of… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not really… </li></ul><ul><li>No, not at all </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    32. 32. Barriers to successful school improvement at scale <ul><li>“ One size fits all” programs </li></ul><ul><li>Support layered on top of broken structures </li></ul><ul><li>Temporary fixes that don’t </li></ul><ul><li>improve the system </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    33. 33. Four steps to sustainable and scalable success EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.
    34. 34. THANK YOU!!! <ul><li>Self- assessments </li></ul><ul><li>Detail on the four steps </li></ul><ul><li>Charts with do it yourself worksheets </li></ul><ul><li>Action items </li></ul><ul><li>Available at: http://erstrategies.org/resources/featured/ </li></ul>EDUCATION RESOURCE STRATEGIES, INC.

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