We've just published the first in our series of briefs as follow-up to our summit Turnaround at Scale, funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. This first brief provides an overview of the steps we've seen that are central to district success in school turnaround. It also gives an enlightening picture of the significant difference in approaches and causes for these differences. Future briefs will go deeper into some of the promising practices and common challenges and responses, so stay tuned.
Our latest interactive tool that helps rethink financial tradeoffs is yielding great results with school district boards. The latest, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board used it to help address a 10% budget gap. The district's CFO John Scanlan touted the game's ability to get board members thinking critically about tough decisions.
Participants in the Educate Texas Leadership Forum had surely never played this version of Hold'em before. Through playing School Budget Hold'em and having group discussions, leaders from some of the biggest districts in Texas were able to envision ways to think and act more strategically when it comes to tough budget decisions - and many realized that outcomes aren't always just about the luck of the draw.