School Turnarounds: What has Worked and What Has Failed
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017 | 12:00pm
What can we learn from efforts to improve struggling schools? A recently published Mathematica study found that the $7 billion school “turn around” program initiated by the U.S. Department of Education under Secretary Arne Duncan had been unsuccessful in significantly upgrading student achievement. Some advocates have argued that this failure means that all efforts at school improvement are bound to disappoint, without taking into account that their preferred solutions – school closures and replacement by charters – were among the ineffective models in the department’s program. Others suggest that it was the top-down and highly prescriptive nature of the program, severely limited what schools could do and excluded educators from decision-making, that doomed it. And still others point to the fact that the program’s mandated “turn around” strategies failed to address the impact of poverty on education. What should educators and policy makers conclude?
Our panel of researchers and practitioners will address this question by examining both the current state of research and on-the-ground efforts at school improvement that have worked.
Nina Esposito-Visgitas, President, Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers
Melissa Irby Marshall, Senior Turnaround Consultant, American Institutes for Research
Jenny Nagaoka, Deputy Director, University of Chicago Consortium on School Research
John Papay, Assistant Professor of Education and Economics, Brown University
Moderator: Marla Ucelli-Kashyap, Assistant to the President for Educational Issues, American Federation of Teachers
Puerto Rico: The Road to Recovery and Reconstruction, March 1, 2018. At this moment, with the future of Puerto Rico hanging in the balance, we believe that powerful voices must come together to advocate for the island and its people.This national conference will focus on what needs to be done to rebuild the Puerto Rican economy and its educational system in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Maria. Lunch will be provided. More information and registration.
In a conversation on March 6 from 10:00 am to noon, hosted by the Albert Shanker Institute, American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten and Israeli social justice activist and trade unionist Rami Hod will discuss how the citizens of the United States and Israel can work together to help build a broad movement for progressive change. More information and registration.
Wednesday, March 14, noon to 2:00 p.m. Speakers:Sigal Ben-Porath, professor of Education, Political Science and Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania; Henry Reichman, professor of history, California State University, East Bay; president, AAUP Foundation; chair, AAUP Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure, and Catherine Ross, Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor, George Washington University Law School. More information and registration.