By ExtraOrdinary Districts
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Hosted by The Education Trust’s Karin Chenoweth, ExtraOrdinary Districts guides listeners through the toil and triumphs of three school districts. While each district takes a different approach, they all demonstrate a commitment to students, research, and continual evaluation to solve many of the problems that face school districts nationwide.
||CleanSpecial Edition: ExtraOrdinary Districts Need Extraordinary School Leaders. How Do We Get Them?||Education Trust’s podcast, “ExtraOrdinary Districts,” illustrated that: school leaders who believe in the capacity of all children, no matter what their background, are critical to improving schools; and school leadership is a potential lever for||4/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 3 – On the Ground||Chicago Chief Education Officer Janice Jackson states that Chicago’s principal-development strategy is directly correlated to its improving graduation rates and test scores. Here, we visit the high school that she opened as principal,||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 2 – Stumbling Toward Some Answers||How would Chicago school district know what worked and what didn’t? With foundation help, the University of Chicago launched the Consortium on School Research, where research superstars spent years studying what was going on in Chicago schools.||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 1 – Nowhere to Go But Up||In 1987, U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett flew into Chicago, declared it the “worst” school district in the country, and flew home, leaving Chicago residents stunned and angry. They had known things were bad,||11/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
I’ve only listened to two episodes, but I have to say, I LOVE this idea! For anyone who’s remotely interested in the scope of K-12 education and even for those who work in the sphere, this is such an insightful look at components of the inner-workings of school districts. Please continue to publish these incredible podcasts!
Must-listen for change agents in ed!
Thank you for compiling such insightful and inspirational case studies. Two things impressed me most: 1. The balance of positivity, given impressive student results in each story, and the sober reality of the all-but-impossibly challenging work ahead 2. Every single time the narrator said “the educators listening are probably thinking ‘wow, that’s great, but HOW did that work?,’” she is spot on and follows with a clear and concise summarized explanation of how districts implemented their adopted strategies. Every episode left me satisfied yet eager to learn more next time. Thanks again, and here’s to our kids!
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