EdScale Featured Guest on Delaware First State Insights Podcast

Listen to the podcast episode on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or SoundCloud. I’m thrilled to share that I had the pleasure of discussing my book, “How to Implement Just About Anything,” on the First State Insights podcast. This insightful conversation allowed us to delve deeper into the book’s core strategies that are essential for successful implementation in complex systems. The podcast …

The Workbook: How to Implement (just about) Anything

Use the workbook to apply the four lessons in the book to your organization, team, or project — and get better results. Our approach is based on practices and research about what gets results for ambitious reforms. We leverage our experience and the work of W. Edwards Deming (PDSA), Michael Barber (Delivery), Governor Martin O’Malley (Stat), the Carnegie Foundation (Improvement …

A Case Study of Delaware Pathways and EdScale: Elevating Career Readiness through Strategic Partnership

EdScale collaborated with Delaware Pathways, a statewide initiative backed by the Delaware Department of Education, to advance career readiness and work-based learning. Delaware Pathways aims to achieve ambitious goals for career readiness and work-based learning in the state- ensuring that sixty-five percent of Delaware’s workforce has a college degree or professional certificate by 2025. The Delaware Pathways Initiative has seen …

Make Implementation the First Thought, not an Afterthought

My mom was an educator for her entire career, trained and worked as an elementary and special education teacher. She had the privilege at the end of her career to be part of a school recognized three times as a National Blue Ribbon School. The school, in Southern Delaware, had over 70% Hispanic and low-income students, as well as a …

Is there a benefit to getting “OLD”?

During the Covid lockdown, something happened. I got lots of grey hair and gained weight. As I claw my way back to a healthier weight (and embrace the grey), I’ve found humor a helpful tool. Recently, I’ve been working with many of my partners to support the onboarding and development of their teams, both managers and individual contributors. These are …

Financial Sustainability: Earned, not Given

This white paper focuses on organizations that received Investing in Innovation (i3)/Education Innovation and Research (EIR) grants and are implementing innovative, promising, or proven practices. Many of these grantees are focused on balancing their effort to serve more students (getting to scale) with the realities of building a business and funding model that will sustain impacts and growth over the …

i3/EIR: 1-4-5 Scaling Up Podcast

Welcome to the 1-4-5 Podcast from the i3/EIR Scale Up and Sustainability Community, hosted by Tom DeWire. Ee talk with one i3/EIR grantee about their innovation and results, asking them four questions in under five minutes. The Investing in Innovation Fund (i3) and Education Innovation and Research Program (EIR) were established to provide competitive grants to document and scale evidence-based …

Mind The Results and Implementation Gap

At EdScale, we support partners in getting better results through implementation. To do so, conversations begin with two key questions: The answers to these questions shape the driving questions and emphasis of support. Results: How are students doing? The first question is about results. It’s important to ground on the current data, bright spots, and opportunities — looking at the …

How to Implement (just about) Anything

We are at both an unprecedented and challenging time in US public education. At a time of increased funding in the recovery from COVID to address student learning and social-emotional needs, fewer people are entering the teaching profession and resignations are up. Student performance on the NAEP (National Assessment of Education Progress), which had been modestly increasing since its start …

Partner ABI Schools Highlighted by ANet

EdScale worked with Afya Baltimore, Inc (ABI) from January 2017 until September 2019 to focus and align systems for effective implementation and learning. ABI subsequently asked EdScale lead Tom DeWire to join the board, which he enthusiastically accepted. Specifically, EdScale supported ABI schools to:• Develop, facilitate, and lead twice a year retreats to reflect on progress and plan• Establish school …

Lessons Learned in Sustaining Education Reforms

In August of 2015, EdScale Principal Tom DeWire had the opportunity to catalog the work of leaders in Delaware to sustain education reforms transitioning out of the Race to the Top initiatives. Delaware saw strong student growth and improvement during this time and has sustained and grown — particularly in areas of career and college access since this time (see …

The Role of Strategic Partnerships in Scaling Delaware Pathways

EdScale has been a proud partners of the Delaware Pathways work, helping to shape the New Skills for Youth Application and Implementation Plan, along with regular progress monitoring and annual reporting. This report provides a good overview of the Delaware Pathways work, that has involved partners from across the state and nationally. Read the report here.

Driving Focused Implementation

EdScale supported a replication and expansion workshop — in partnership with the Maryland Alliance for Public Charter Schools — in 2019. Subsequently, we facilitated a consultancy webinar focused on understanding the basics of progress routines and how to use them to drive continuous improvement and learning. We were joined by Maryland charter operator — Afya Baltimore, Inc — to learn …

Undefeated: Inside Five Baltimore Turnaround Schools that Refuse to Fail

EdScale is thankful for the opportunity to partner with leaders and teachers turning around schools in Baltimore. We are humbled to be “the lone consultant hired by The 100% Project” according to the article. In addition, the article includes our favorite description of an implementation progress meeting: “The schools’ instructional leadership team meetings—teacher leaders from different grade levels and subject …

Where is your room to improve?

There is always space for improvement, no matter how long you’ve been in the business. – Oscar De La Hoya Whether you are new in your role or an expert, there is always room to improve. The question is “where should we invest time and resources to get the best improvement and results for our students?” The answer to this …

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 …