How do I know what works?

Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose. – Zoa Neale Hurston How do most people learn about and identify a new strategy or approach? You guessed it, by referral through personal networks. While this is a reliable method (depending on the size of your network), there is a better way. Just like using Angie’s List …

Pick a narrow set of priorities (or just one)!

“Focusing is about saying no.” -Steve Jobs The MetLife Middle School Principal of the year in 2013 spent eight years turning around her Title I school in a suburb of Atlanta, GA with historically low performance. Principal Barron knew that she needed to make some major changes, but she wasn’t sure where to start.  She recognized that she needed to …

Scaling Up Evidence-Based Practices: Strategies from Investing in Innovation

Lessons learned from nine i3 grantees that served over 1.5 million students Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to work with Investing in Innovation (i3) grantees to support the scaling up and sustainability of evidence-based programs and teaching practices through a contract with the federal government. The i3 program (and now the Education Innovation and Research …