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Sustaining and Expanding What Works in School Improvement

How can we sustain effective school improvement efforts and bring them to scale? That was the challenge pondered last week by 19 teams working on federal Investing in Innovation (i3) projects, along with staff from foundations, universities and the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Innovation, which funds the projects.
Information Update
March 7, 2012
 
Participants shared successes and challenges at the two-day convening in Washington, which was part of the i3 Learning Community that the Forum for Youth Investment facilitates with support from the William T. Grant and Spencer Foundations.


Speaker Don Peurach of the University of Michigan urged participants to see adapting interventions to local circumstances as synergistic with program fidelity, rather than conflicting. His recent Education Week commentary urged education policymakers to pay more attention to the role of intermediary organizations in school reform efforts, and cited the i3 Learning Community as the kind of knowledge brokering group that can advance effective reforms. 

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