Category: Research

Getting the maximum from the minimum: An adaptive system for scaling school reform (Leadership and Policy in Schools, July 2019)

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    Articles

Improving high schools entails challenges that are “far easier to catalogue than to surmount” (Mazzeo, Fleischman, Heppen & Jahangir, 2016, p. 2).  High schools have been the most difficult to reform because the challenges teachers face are arguably the hardest:  skill gaps present since elementary school have widened; the demand to graduate all students college …

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Strategic Inquiry and New York City’s Renewal High Schools – Final Evaluation Report (Columbia University, November 2018)

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    Evaluations

The following study of Strategic Inquiry (SI) in New York City’s Renewal High Schools offers a new answer to the perennial question that often dominates and divides reformers: How do students learn? Our analysis also challenges conventional wisdom about New York City’s Renewal program by suggesting there are successful components worth pursuing and adopting elsewhere. …

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Progressive mastery through deliberate practice: A promising approach for improving writing (Improving Schools, November 2016)

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    Articles

This study is an analysis of the curriculum used to teach writing at one US high school in which outcomes for students were extremely strong. The study surfaces what was different in the approach used from what is typically understood and promoted as best practice in the teaching of writing. It does so in order …

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Low-inference transcripts in peer coaching: a promising tool for school improvement (International Journal of Mentoring and Coaching in Education, 2014)

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    Articles

The Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM) is a team-based school improvement and leadership development program in which participants earn graduate-level credits and school leadership certification[1].  One key component of the SAM program is peer coaching, where SAM participants, or “coaches,” partner with colleagues, or “peers,” in their schools to examine the peers’ instructional practice. In SAM, the term “peer coaching” is used …

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Collaborative Inquiry to expand student success in New York City schools (Harvard Education Press, 2014)

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    Books & book chapters

Developing school capacity to continuously improve student achievement is essential to the success of New York City’s strategy to empower schools and hold them accountable for results.  The Inquiry initiative is the New York City Department of Education (DOE’s) approach to developing this capacity.  Its goal is to develop school administrators’ and teachers’ skills in …

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Strategic Inquiry: Starting Small for Big Results in Education (Harvard Education Press, 2013)

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    Books & book chapters

Strategic Inquiry is an innovative model for promoting teacher collaboration around identifying specific “learning gaps” that keep struggling students from succeeding. Gaps may include anything from the proper use of commas and conjunctions to concepts such as “slope” in math. The authors argue that addressing these critical learning gaps can lead to big changes in …

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Inquiry-based School Reform: Lessons from SAM in NYC (Stanford University, Jan 2012)

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    Evaluations

Final SAM Evaluation Report

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Developing School Capacity for Inquiry-based Improvement: Progress, Challenges, and Resources (Stanford University, Nov 2010)

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    Evaluations

3rd interim SAM evaluation report 

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Leadership Development and School Reform through the Scaffolded Apprenticeship Model (SAM) (Stanford University, Oct 2009)

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    Evaluations

2nd interim SAM evaluation report

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Leading School Improvement with Data: A Theory of Action to Extend the Sphere of Student Success (Stanford University, March 2008)

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    Evaluations

1st interim SAM evaluation report

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