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June 27, 2017

Exploring The Power of Networked Improvement Communities

Labeling schools as failing and sending in experts with packaged programs has been ineffective in improving schools. 'Networked Improvement Communities' are a promising alternative.

June 26, 2017

Actions in Sacramento Undermining Real Accountability

Education Trust-West executive director Ryan Smith argues that promise of local control requires greater transparency in creating state and local accountability measures.

June 01, 2017

A New School District Design for Los Angeles

If all publically financed schools in Los Angeles got substantial operating authority, what would hold the system together? Here's a sketch of a "big tent" school system design.

May 30, 2017

Here's the Peace Prize for the L.A. Charter War

The election of a charter-friendly school board in Los Angeles will not end the Charter School Wars. Civic activists need to promote a larger goal and seize the peace dividend.

May 23, 2017

A Shameful Big-Money School Board Election in L.A.

The election of two charter-backed candidates for the L.A. school board is less a victory for reform than a demonstration of expensive trench warfare and dysfunctional politics. And it is spreading throughout California.

April 12, 2017

Fear and Optimism From Calif. School Leaders

A panel of school district leaders echoes the fears their students face from the Trump Administration but also the optimism about working within California's new financial and accountability systems.

April 06, 2017

Carnegie Summit Illustrates Path Toward Equity

"Getting better at getting better," is a catch phrase backed by solid science. Its methods build a better way toward closing achievement gaps.

March 29, 2017

Innovation Zone Sought by Calif. CORE Districts

California's CORE districts want to spread their school improvement knowledge with an 'innovation zone' under the state's accountability plan. Garden Grove USD Superintendent Gabriela Mafi explains.

March 14, 2017

How Adding Another Person to a Conversation Builds Capacity

In this second part of an interview with superintendent Devin Vodička and professor Alan J. Daly, they talk about how the simple act of adding one more person to a conversation can triple the power of a network.

March 13, 2017

How Creating Networks Builds Winning School Districts

The Vista Unified School District won a XQ super school prize. Superintendent Devin Vodička attributes success to deliberately creating relational networks. Here, a conversation with the superintendent and University of California San Diego professor Alan J. Daly.

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