Day One at RHSU

Check out my first post over at “Rick Hess Straight Up!” Here’s a preview:

What I hope to do over the course of this week is to discuss school turnaround from four critical perspectives: the school, the district/cluster, the state, and the federal government. Yes, turnaround is about individual schools, but it’s also about systems. If a school fails for two years, shame on the school; if it fails for 20 years – which some do – shame on everyone. At the School Turnaround Group we talk about the “Three Cs”: conditions, capacity, and clustering. I will try to examine each level through these lenses. Are we changing the conditions under which schools operate? Are we developing and insourcing the right kind of capacity – like best-in-class “Lead Partner” organizations – to fix schools? Are we clustering efforts so that we can actually scale what works?

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