March 3, 2008
Going for the Gold: The Secret of Successful Schools
US public school leaders increasingly agree about the elements that drive student results, such as a college preparatory curriculum and instructional coaching. Yet results on the ground vary dramatically and remain, in large part, disappointing. How can some schools sustain high graduation and college acceptance rates while others struggle with 50 percent drop-out rates?
The difference can be traced to school leaders' ability to focus their teams on the most important aspects of their school design and to “sweat the details” of execution. Using examples from YES Prep Public Schools, the Knowledge is Power Program, and Envision Schools, this Education Next article explores what’s needed to make a strong school design work in practice, including consistent resource allocation, processes that support the design’s intent, and leaders who don’t let immediate pressures—including administrative and operational issues—trump student learning.
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Amy Saxton is a manager in The Bridgespan Group's San Francisco office.
Susan J. Colby is a partner with The Bridgespan Group.
Barry Newstead is a partner in The Bridgespan Group's San Francisco office.
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