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Challenges to Implementing Innovation and Accountability in Denver

Elizabeth Micci and Katherine Merseth

Challenges to Implementing Innovation and Accountability in Denver describes the context of the Denver Public Schools from 2010 to 2018 and the efforts of school leaders to implement a management strategy that would provide all students in this diverse district access to an excellent education.

Citizen Schools

Monica C. Higgins, Allen S. Grossman, Paola Peacock Friedrich

Citizen Schools is an education non-profit committed to designing, implementing, and scaling solutions to close achievement gaps with urban school districts.

Investing in Teachers

The Lawrence Public Schools Respond to State Receivership
Susan Moore Johnson and James R. Heal

In November 2011, the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education placed Lawrence Public Schools in state receivership.

Leaders Change, Policies Evolve

The Lawrence Public Schools Respond to State Receivership, Act II
Susan Moore Johnson

In 2011, Massachusetts placed the Lawrence Public Schools (LPS) in state receivership and named Jeffrey Riley as superintendent/receiver

Lessons from Ferguson

Leadership in Times of Civil Unrest
Veronica Benavides, Tracey Benson, and Raygine DiAquoi

The shooting of a young Black man by a Ferguson police officer sparked a renewed national conversation about race and racism. 

Performance Management in Chicago Public Schools

Geoff Marietta

This case describes the efforts of new Chicago Public Schools (CPS) superintendent Ron Huberman to drive dramatic improvement in the performance of Chicago’s public school students through the use of performance management (PM) throughout the school system.


Building a Pipeline of Diverse Educational Leaders
Irvin Leon Scott and Joiselle Cunningham

Black and Latinx leaders within the American education sector remain underrepresented when considering the growing numbers of Black and Latinx students enrolled in U.S. public schools. This case describes the development and early growth of Surge, a program designed to bridge that gap by accelerating the career trajectories of promising leaders of color in education.

The Unions in Montgomery County Public Schools

Geoff Marietta

The case, “The Unions in Montgomery County Public Schools,” recounts one large, urban-suburban district’s successful efforts to partner with its three labor unions in order to increase student learning.

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