Mamie Till Mobley

"There was an important mission for me, to shape so many...young minds as a teacher. God took away one child but...(gave) me thousands. And I have been grateful for the blessing." Mamie Till Mobley

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Are the Buffalo Schools ready for change?

As  leaders of the  Buffalo Public Schools move forward in their  efforts to transform their persistently lowest-achieving schools (PLA), it's important to take a sankofa view of what others have done to turnaround and transform low performing districts into high performing ones. But if there are any lessons learned from the early efforts of the the New American Schools started in 1991 to transform low achieving schools to high performing ones it was the contributing factors that had made the difference founded in the selection process, the design teams, the school structure and site factors.
And " higher levels of implementation were associated with school districts that had stable leadership, lacked political crises, had a relationship of trust between the central office and the schools, provided more resources for professional development and training, and ensured more school level autonomy."

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Whitney Tilson (3rd background)

Whitney Tilson (3rd background)
"Let’s be honest: we need a lot more well-off, well-educated white folks with a personal stake in both charter schools and education reform in general if we’re going to take reform to the next level, both politically and operationally.Whitney Tilson, hedge fund manager and major funding angel for the school privatizing Democrats for Education Reform, thinks there’s not enough rich, educated white folks.( Preaprez) click photo to his blog.

Arne Duncan

Arne Duncan
U.S. Secretary of Education, click photo