In this three-part series, STG Senior Field Consultant Michael Contompasis reflects on Boston Public Schools’ many accomplishments as well as how, in retrospect, district leaders could have been bolder. Part 2 of 3 We could have worked harder on the systems pieces, to break down the silos, rebuild the culture and structure of central office…read more
Michael Contompasis, STG’s Senior Field Consultant, played a central role in the far-reaching school reforms in Boston Public Schools led by Superintendent Tom Payzant from 1995 to 2006. Contompasis served as the district’s Chief Operating Officer from 1998 through 2005 before becoming superintendent for two years. Before moving to a district leadership role, Mike was…read more
Can Districts Be Part of the Innovative Solution, Too? An Exchange Between Neerav Kingsland (New Schools for New Orleans) and Bill Guenther (Mass Insight Education)
On January 23, 2012, guest-blogging for Rick Hess, Neerav Kingsland (New Schools for New Orleans) offered a provocative challenge to urban superintendents: relinquish control of schools in order to create more charter school districts. Over the next week, he and Mass Insight’s Bill Guenther exchanged emails —Bill making the case that school turnaround offers a…read more
Interesting, succinct summary of the Portfolio School Districts Project’s latest meeting, organized by Paul Hill’s, now Robin Lake’s, Center for Reinventing Public Education. Big takeaways: the importance of having a “portfolio mindset,” of innovating from the school level up, and of working together, traditional districts and public charters, as part of the same urban portfolio.…read more
No child should have to attend a school that for years has failed to improve student outcomes. Fortunately, most of the country seems to agree on this, and lately I spend far less time convincing folks that something has to change. Unfortunately, there’s not a ton of agreement about what exactly should change, and in…read more
We’re past the halfway point of the expanded $3.5 billion School Improvement Grant (SIG) program for school turnaround — a good time to take a thoughtful look at what’s working, what’s not, and what’s possible. To that end, today we kick off a multi-month Turnaround Forum — a series of issue briefs, blogs, and email…read more
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