Today and tomorrow I am in Idaho with a student, a parent, a teacher, and school and community leaders from Edgecombe County. I am excited to preview our short documentary about the North Phillips School of Innovation, a student-led micro-school.
The second cohort for North Carolina Networked Improvement Communities is forming now. This network, established by Schools That Lead, works with district and charter schools from across the state to develop the capacity of principals and teacher leaders. Over the course of three years, school teams learn to identify the causes for their students’ lack of success. Focusing on what works in their own contexts, these teams avoid overly broad, quick fixes and band aid solutions for what have been chronic problems within their schools. Carey Heale, a teacher leader at Millbrook Elementary in Wake County, says, “Schools That Lead has really helped me narrow my focus and identify exactly what that problem is, taking small, measurable steps to see if we’re making progress and if we are, we really think through three powerful questions: Is it working? For whom? And under what circumstances?” The application for cohort two is available through April 15 at noon. Here is more information and the application.
For a third year, DQC examined report cards from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to see how well state leaders are using their most public-facing resource to empower the public with quality information.... Read the rest