Saturday, September 3, 2011

Why reinvent the wheel in education

In district after district, school after school and classroom after classroom educators are trying to boost student achievement. While circumstances certainly differ from school to school, there are more similarities to the strategies that are working in education than there are differences.

The KIPP organization has grown to over 100 geographically dispersed charter schools serving elementary through high school aged students, mostly low income with many English Language Learners and Special Education needs. Their secret to consistently achieving far better than average results is leveraging shared knowledge. As with successful businesses, they identify what works and actively share the knowledge so that other professionals do not try to reinvent the wheel.  It doesn't mean that other practitioners copy the strategies but rather they adopt the key elements and tailor the implementation to their own circumstances.

This blog is dedicated to identifying strategies that work in public education that can be implemented in other environment to boost student achievement and educator satisfaction.

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