Friday, January 8, 2010

What ELSE is happening in Chicago?

Last night I cited the Chicago public schools' turnaround model as a failed one. It turns out that there is an alternative to the one pursued under Renaissance 2010 (and now Race to the Top):
But unlike in the plans in vogue with the U.S. Department of Education, (and the approach used in many Chicago schools) the turnaround effort happened without replacing the principal and teaching staff in the schools. Instead, they were given outside support in developing structure, building a leadership team, and giving intentional, targeted professional development not only for the teaching staff, but for the principals as well.

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