Thursday, September 3, 2009

090309 Why do some schools thrive?

Why do some schools thrive when similar schools fail? On today’s Your Call, we rebroadcast our conversation with a range of educators and policy makers about what we're learning about how to teach. How do successful principals and school systems shift resources, motivate teachers and students and increase parent involvement? Can passion and best practices make up for low education funding? It's Your Call with Rose Aguilar and you.

Kimi Kean in Oakland
Principal of ACORN Woodland Elementary in Oakland, one of the state's five highest-improving schools. They raised their API, or Academic Performance Index, 120 points in one year and nearly 300 in five. Kean, a former Skyline High School dropout, taught at Acorn Woodland before talking over as principal in 2006.

Robert Manwaring in Washington, DC
Senior policy analyst for Education Sector, a left-leaning but independent national education policy think tank. Before joining EdSector, Mr. Manwaring was the director of policy for the Governor's Committee on Education Excellence, a committee California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed to develop a comprehensive long-term reform strategy for improving K-12 education in the state. Manwaring served as the K-12 education director of the California Legislative Analyst's Office.

Merril Vargo in Santa Rosa
Executive Director of Pivot Learning Partners, a nonprofit organization that works in nearly 50 school districts statewide, nearly all low income or low performing. Pivot trains and coaches teachers and administrators to transform broken school systems.

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