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Sustaining Turnaround at Scale Summit: Session Summaries

View the session summaries from ERS’ Sustaining Turnaround at Scale Summit held in October 2011.

A major effort is underway in school districts across the country to improve the academic performance of students at the lowest-achieving schools. With this backdrop, Education Resource Strategies held a summit in 2011, Sustaining Turnaround at Scale, that brought together central office leaders and principals from eight districts, as well as attendees from organizations that partner with turnaround schools and influence the conversation about turnaround.

These summaries capture the key highlights and takeaways from each panel presentation. Make sure to also check out the summit videos and posters.

Overview of different turnaround philosophies and implications for district approaches
Content: Session Summary, Overview Presentation, Deborah McGriff Presentation

  • Alyssa Whitehead-Bust – Chief of Innovation and Reform, Denver Public Schools (DPS)
  • Allen Smith – Executive Director, Denver Summit Schools Network, Denver Public Schools (DPS)
  • Deborah McGriff – Partner, NewSchools Venture Fund (NSVF)
  • Noemi Donoso – Chief Education Officer, Chicago Public Schools (CPS)
  • Ann Clark – Chief Academic Officer, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS)
  • Session 1: Building a Turnaround Principal Pipeline

Content: Session Summary

  • LeAnn Buntrock – Executive Director, UVA Partnership for Leaders in Education
  • Michelle Pierre-Farid – Executive Director D.C., New Leaders for New Schools
  • Billy Kearney – Principal, Charles Hart Middle School, D.C Public Schools
  • Dalia Hochman – Policy Director, MassInsight


Session #2:  Building a strong teaching force
Content: Session Summary, Jarvis Sanford Presentation

  • Jarvis Sanford – Managing Director, Academy for Urban School Leadership
  • Jesse Solomon – Executive Director,  Boston Plan for Excellence
  • Monique Burns Thompson – President, Teach Plus


Session #3:  Using data effectively
Content: Session Summary, Achievement Network Leader Levers and Teacher Actions, Liz Dozier Presentation

  • Karen Alexander – Principal, Denver Public Schools
  • John Maycock – Chief Growth Officer, Achievement Network
  • Liz Dozier – Principal, Fenger High School, Chicago Public Schools
  • Gary Robichaux – Executive Director, ReNEW CMO


Session #4: Using and extending time
Content: Session Summary, Ben Lummis Presentation

  • Andrew Bott, Principal, Orchard Gardens K-8, Boston Public Schools
  • Ben Lummis, National Center on Time and Learning
  • Eric Schwarz, CEO, Citizen Schools


Session #5: School designs for turnaround
Content: Session Summary, Alesia Smith Presentation

  • Suzanne Gimenez, Principal, Devonshire Elementary,  Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public Schools
  • Alesia Smith, Principal, Rothenberg Prep, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Matt Spengler, Executive Director, Blueprint Schools Network
  • Marc Waxman, Co-Executive Director, SOAR Schools


Session #6: Inside and out – reengineering the school-community relationship to serve high-poverty schools and children
Content: Session Summary, Pam Cantor Presentation

  • Rebecca Boxx – Director Full Service Community Schools, Providence Public Schools
  • Pam Cantor – President and CEO, Turnaround for Children
  • Mary Anne Schmitt-Carey – President, Say Yes to Education
  • Mary Walsh – Executive Director, City Connects


Federal Perspective on Turnaround - Lunch Presentation
Content: Speech Summary, Jason Snyder Presentation

  • Speaker: Jason Snyder - Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, US Department of Education


Organizing the central office to support systemic turnaround
Content: Session Summary, Karen Baroody Presentation, Don Fraynd Presentation, Tanya Carter Presentation, Frank Barnes Presentation

  • Laura Mitchell – Deputy Superintendent, Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Don Fraynd – Chief School Improvement Officer, Chicago Public Schools
  • Tanya Carter – Deputy Executive Director, Denver Public Schools
  • Frank Barnes – Chief Accountability Officer, Boston Public School


Wrap-up and reflection session: Lessons learned and moving ahead
Content: Session Summary, Wrap-Up Presentation

  • Karen Hawley Miles – President and Executive Director, Education Resource Strategies (ERS)
  • Warren Simmons – Executive Director, Annenberg Institute for School Reform
  • Jason Snyder – Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Ross Wiener – Executive Director of the Education and Society Program, The Aspen Institute
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