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May 15, 2014

Cross Pollinating Education Ideas in Milwaukee

No single school sector can adequately address the education crisis in our country's large cities. We need meaningful collaboration and resource-sharing among all types of schools, leaders, and teachers who have in common an intense desire to improve and a fiery belief that all children are capable of achieving at a high-level.

May 13, 2014

For Houston ISD, The Talent Pipeline Flows Both Ways

In Houston, we're finishing one massive bond program and already deep into another - the largest in Texas history -- that are creating dazzling 21st century schools with a technological infrastructure that will allow us to personalize learning and prepare our students for higher education and careers as never before.

May 07, 2014

Our Kids Can't Wait

By: Phyllis Lockett About a decade ago in Chicago, there were at least 27 communities, mostly concentrated on the south and west sides, where over 75 percent of the schools failed state standards. Since then, we've helped open 80 new schools and set the bar for citywide improvements t...

January 17, 2014

Smart Cities: Miami on the Move

The Miami Dade County School District won the 2012 Broad Prize. Reviewers noted the use of data to drive minority achievement gains and a unique problem-solving strategy to help challenged schools improve their student performance.

January 10, 2014

Smart Cities: Los Angeles (part 2 of 2)

The first half of this update on LA highlighted the warming ed-tech scene and the first Startup Weekend EDU in the City of Angels scheduled for the weekend of January 24th at UCLA Anderson. This post highlights some of the blended developments in LA schools.

December 27, 2013

Smart Cities: Los Angeles Startup Weekend EDU 1/24

Last year, my Smart Cities: LA post complained about the lack of "innovation and collaboration" in the city, but things are more interesting a year later. The first Startup Weekend EDU in the City of Angels will take place on the weekend of January 24th at UCLA Anderson.

July 22, 2013

Smart Cities: Where Districts & Charters Are Partners

In the early 90s, charter schools were a novelty in a handful of states--a pressure release valve for a few brave edupreneurs. By 1999 there were about 1,500 charters and a few charter management organizations (CMO) were getting off the ground with help from NewSchools Venture Fund.

July 19, 2013

Smart Cities: Lessons from Tampa (Part 2)

Tampa area districts serve more than 300,000 students but don't get much national attention.

July 17, 2013

Smart Cities: The Hillsborough Leadership Story

High performing organizations grow their own leaders. A lack of political stability makes that unusual in urban American education--but Hillsborough, Florida is a great exception.

July 08, 2013

Smart Cities: Providence, RI

On a 1999 whirlwind tour of all that appeared to be heading in a positive direction, I visited Providence, Rhode Island.

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