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Turning Around 1,000 Schools: The Story of Success for All Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture Child Trends Robert E. Slavin Johns Hopkins University.

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1 Turning Around 1,000 Schools: The Story of Success for All Kristin Anderson Moore Lecture Child Trends Robert E. Slavin Johns Hopkins University

2 The Goal Create whole-school reform approach for high-poverty elementary and middle schools that is: Effective Comprehensive Replicable Exciting for kids Accepted by teachers

3 Professional Development Approach in Success for All Extensive professional development and coaching in: Cooperative learning Phonics Comprehension strategies Vocabulary Classroom management

4 Structural Elements of Success for All Supportive materials, software Regrouping School-wide progress monitoring and goal- setting Tutoring (now computer-assisted) Facilitator Embedded multimedia Schools vote to adopt

5 Solutions Team Family support Integrated services Behavior, attendance, cooperation, conflict resolution Social-emotional development

6 Current Status of Success for All 1000 schools in 47 states Average school in program 10 years About 80% free lunch, Title I schoolwide projects National network of 120 trainers, total of220 staff Recently received $50 million i3 grant

7 Research on Success for All 35-school randomized evaluation 120-school University of Michigan study Many smaller matched studies Positive effects on reading maintained to 8 th grade Reductions in special ed, retentions Only whole-school program to meet standards of Social Programs That Work

8 Precursors of Success for All : Walking in the rain, WorldLab : Basic cooperative learning research : TAI Math :CIRC Reading : Cooperative Elementary School; Reviews of research : Invitation from Baltimore to create SFA

9 Early Development, Research, and Scale-Up : Initial implementations: Baltimore, Philadelphia : New American Schools grants 1997 Spin-off from Johns Hopkins University, founding of Success for All Foundation

10 Scale-Up Issues in the 1990’s Problem: Maintaining quality in a time of rapid growth Added 50% to network each year Experimented with partnerships Capital problems Hiring problems

11 Disaster: Reading First Success for All not supported by Bush administration Problems with Reading First Result: Rapid drop-off, 60% cut in staff, financial problems

12 Stabilization and Innovation in the 2000’s Substantial refinements to model: Computerized monitoring Solutions Team Embedded multimedia Interactive whiteboards Improved middle school, high school Math programs Writing program Leadership programs Social-emotional learning and cognitive regulation

13 Investing in Innovation (i3) Goal: 1100 additional schools over 5 years Partnerships with districts, states Grants to Title I schoolwide projects Building capacity MDRC evaluation

14 What Have We Learned? I. Coaching Build national coaching capacity rather than relying on partners Provide adequate coaching and monitor quality Be explicit but adapt to local needs Obtain informed buy-in from teachers Use school-based facilitators

15 What Have We Learned: II. Operations Stay non-profit Obtain adequate capital Avoid depending on grants for ongoing operations

16 Implications for Policy SFA demonstrates that reform can happen in ordinary Title I schools at scale Fund and encourage promising programs Insist on rigorous evaluations Help with expertise, capital Provide grants to schools to adopt proven programs Proactively disseminates information on proven approaches, effective methods fairs

17 Vision for the Future All Title I schools should have opportunity to choose among proven programs Constant process of development, evaluation, and scale-up of promising approaches Results: Progressive, irreversible improvement in outcomes for vulnerable children


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