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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.

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.
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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.

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Special Edition: ExtraOrdinary Districts Need Extraordinary School Leaders. How Do We Get Them?

4/12/2018
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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 change at scale. But that just raises the next issue: How can we ensure that all schools have principals who believe in children and understand […]

Duration:00:59:38

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 3 – On the Ground

11/12/2017
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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, George Westinghouse Academy on the west side of Chicago, and meet principal Patrick McGill, who says, “The landscape of school leaders has completely changed in CPS over […]

Duration:00:26:59

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 2 – Stumbling Toward Some Answers

11/12/2017
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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. At the same time, Chicago foundations, nonprofits organizations, and educators focused enormous attention on improving the teaching force. Little by little, they all […]

Duration:00:21:13

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Chicago Part 1 – Nowhere to Go But Up

11/12/2017
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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, but being declared the worst helped galvanize support for the 1988 Chicago School Reform Act, which launched a generation’s worth of work to improve the […]

Duration:00:25:37

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Steubenville Part 3 – Tackling the Secondary Drop-off

11/5/2017
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Although Steubenville’s third and fourth graders perform toward the top of the country, achievement tails off in fifth grade heading into middle school. We hear from Steubenville’s educators what they’re doing to change that. Listen to the other episodes in our “ExtraOrdinary Districts” series:

Duration:00:24:17

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Steubenville Part 2 – A Program in Service of a Vision

11/5/2017
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Back in the late 1990s, Ohio adopted a law that said that fourth graders who couldn’t pass a reading test would have to be retained. Steubenville educators realized that some of their students would get caught up in that law and were determined not to let that happen. They researched some possible programs that might help and settled on Success […]

Duration:00:27:54

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Steubenville Part 1 – Changing the Path of Poverty

11/5/2017
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Superintendent Melinda Young has seen preschoolers who enter the Steubenville school district graduate from high school ready for college. This shows the power of schools to, in her words, change the path of poverty. Steubenville has long prized education as a path out of poverty, and long-time residents and students describe what that looks and feels like. Listen to the […]

Duration:00:19:24

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Lexington Part 3 – Building a Learning Community

11/1/2017
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Superintendent Ash refocused Lexington school district on helping not the bussed-in Boston students but any student who needed extra help. He brought in nationally known trainers who helped teachers learn to collaborate and make better instructional decisions. As the collaboration took hold, not only did Lexington’s students coming in from Boston do better but all groups of students and Lexington […]

Duration:00:24:28

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Lexington Part 2 – Where Do You Start? Everywhere!

11/1/2017
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Once the educators in Lexington got a handle on how badly some of their students were doing, they threw themselves into fixing the problem. But some parents were surprised that there had never before been a system to identify students who needed help and how to get them help. And the superintendent worried that parents of resident students would begin […]

Duration:00:22:53

ExtraOrdinary Districts: Lexington Part 1 – Secrets of a High-Performing School District

11/1/2017
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Most wealthy, high-performing school districts have huge achievement gaps. And 10 years ago, Lexington, Massachusetts, did too. The students doing the worst? Mostly African American and Hispanic students who were traveling for hours — part of a long-running desegregation program that has been in place since the 1960s. Hear how Lexington superintendent Paul Ash learned that some of his students […]

Duration:00:19:19