Ohio is about to embark on one of the most innovative education initiatives in the country, boosted by revenues from casino gaming and a free-market oriented executive office that is rightly calling for investments where they count the most.
The Ohio General Assembly has approved a proposal from Gov. John Kasich to designate $250 million over two years for grants to help K-12 education entities in Ohio fund projects that “aim to achieve significant advancement” in one or more of the following goals: student achievement, spending reductions, and using a greater share of resources in the classroom. Continue reading
In this short video produced by the Alliance for Excellence in Education, Erin Frew, Principal at New Tech West High School in Cleveland, speaks to how the Common Core supports English and math learning. Continue reading
WCPO and CET recently teamed up to examine the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region’s approach to improving graduation rates. Highlighting the work of the Strive Partnership the hour long video, ”Cradle to Career: Moving the Needle in Education,” presents a compelling overview of Continue reading
Within the blitz of publicity and debate around Governor John Kasich’s education improvement plan over the past week is a gem of an idea that is worth calling out for its tremendous potential to move Ohio’s public schools boldly into the future.
The Straight A Innovation Fund proposal calls for $300 million in state funds over two years to support innovative projects that improve efficiency and performance in local schools and districts. These one-time grants, to be offered in Fiscal Years 2014 and 2015, are designed to modernize operations and achieve cost savings that can be invested in the classroom. Continue reading
Such is a typical day at New Tech West High School, located in Cleveland, Ohio’s Near
West Side. One of the few schools in Cleveland with one-to-one technology, NTW uses digital learning to connect student learning to the real world, and by expanding student choice in developing products and solutions to project problems.
In about a week, Ohio Governor John Kasich is expected to introduce a state budget proposal for FY 2014-15 that will include a new school funding formula for primary and secondary education. His administration has indicated that the state will be paying closer attention to making sure students get the resources they need to be successful. If so, that would be a significant accomplishment, and one that is long overdue. Continue reading
My question is, are these the discussions we should be having about education reform? I am not smart enough to answer that question on my own, but I am smart enough to know that most of these conversations have very little to do with what’s best for students. The events above deal with what’s best for adults: Governors, state legislatures and superintendents, teachers, and taxpayers. Even when dealing with issues that do directly impact students, longer school days and years and technology initiatives, the arguments aren’t about whether it will benefit students. Instead, the disagreement is whether teachers should be required to teach longer hours or the affect of technology on the number of teachers hired. Continue reading
Ohio has an urgent need to help schools and communities do more with less as education resources are being cut but expectations are rising. To continue improving education quality in tough budgetary times, Ohio must pursue new structural arrangements and strategies to raise student achievement.
P-16 councils help communities use existing local resources better to improve student achievement and well-being. They target specific leaks in the overall education pipeline and address critical gaps and needs in the cradle to career continuum – from birth through college completion and career. The councils rely on education and economic data to pinpoint priorities for education reform, create a shared accountability system and monitor progress towards identified goals. Currently, efforts of P-16 councils in Ohio have led to gains in student achievement despite the recession and budget cuts. Yet, more needs to be done so that all communities can benefit from these new approaches.
Please join KnowledgeWorks and Ohio Education Matters, with the Strive Partnership, Ohio Grantmakers Forum, Learn for Life and the Stark Education Partnership, for a discussion on Thursday, October 4th from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m., during which experts from the field will discuss the benefits and progress made by communities with P-16 councils and what the state should be doing to encourage more local P-16 success. The event is free and open to the public. Continue reading
We noted that this high school redesign, led by KnowledgeWorks, focused on creating learning conditions that allowed for personalized education – teachers and other adults who could get to know their students and have time in the school day to engage in deep learning. Educators had high expectations for their students, and they had the professional development and on-site coaching to keep focused on relevant instruction.
Sadly, due to a lack of follow-through by successive administrations, the focus on high school dropouts waned and this work – as well as the success in Cincinnati – was never spread around the state. Under a federal Race to the Top grant, the state is attempting to focus again on the worst “dropout factory” high schools, and progress is promising thus far Continue reading
Deborah Howard, Chief Innovation Officer for EDWorks Partners, comments on a New York Times article about college graduates flocking to some cities – leaving others behind – and the need for a focus on Early College High Schools for urban areas that want to build local talent. Continue reading