Turnarounds Take Leadership, Humility
There is a connotation of simplicity that comes with the phrase "school turnaround," as if it involved a business merely in need of better management and modern marketing. There is also at least a hint of arrogance.
But for anyone who's attempted to increase results significantly for students at low-performing schools, the reality brings a lot of humility. It is hard work, and results don't come overnight.
Together, we run the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools , a nonprofit that then-Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa assembled six years ago to manage the lowest-performing schools in the city. Today, the partnership oversees 17 schools serving almost 16,000 Latino and African-American students, all of them living in poverty in three of the toughest neighborhoods in Los Angeles: Watts, South Los...
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