Articles on this page examine some of the myriad challenges and difficult choices associated with the work of organizational change in schools. The topic includes discussion of promising strategies and practices associated with supporting and sustaining reform.
Military-connected schools show how to ease the burden of frequent moves
Research has shown that frequent school transitions hurt students’ academic performance, but work with some of the most mobile students is revealing some simple strategies that may help.Continue
Practice should drive research and policy, not the reverse
When I was eight years old, I was sure that I knew how Santa Claus worked. I knew that the story my parents were telling me could not be true, because mathematically it just did not make sense. There were more than 5 billion people in the world, of which at least a billion were kids. There were only 86,400 seconds in a day. There was no way Santa could get to all of those chimneys. So how did my presents arrive at 402 Winston Avenue in North Baltimore?
Once completely virtual, some K–12 online schools are settling into buildings
From its humble beginnings with 400 students in 2001, Connections Academy offered a complete, full-time education online for kindergarten through 12th grade students who wanted or needed to learn in more of a home-school setting.
Three habits of mind for building a collaborative culture
Policy initiatives around the Common Core State Standards and teacher evaluation present schools with opportunity and risk. The opportunity is to make more effective use of evidence to inform the education of all of our children; the risk is to think that evidence alone will do the job.
Districts hire new managers to cut energy and save money
Despite tight budgets, school districts from Cambridge, Mass., to Castle Rock, Colo., are creating new jobs to lead efforts in reducing energy consumption and promoting healthy environments for students and their staff.