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Transforming The High School Experience: Lessons From The New York Small Schools Initiative

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Gordon Berlin
, President, MDRC
Michele Cahill, Vice President, National Programs, and Program Director, Urban Education,
Carnegie Corporation of New York
Deborah Delisle, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Ohio Department of Education
Jamie Fasteau, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor (Majority Staff)
Robert Glascock, Executive Director, Maryland Breakthrough Center, Maryland State Department of Education
Gerry House, President and Chief Executive Officer, Institute for Student Achievement
Joel Klein, Chancellor, New York City Schools
Randi Weingarten, President, American Federation of Teachers
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

On October 15, the Alliance for Excellent Education and MDRC hosted an event to discuss the findings and policy implications of a recent MDRC report, Transforming the High School Experience: How New York City’s New Small Schools Are Boosting Student Achievement and Graduation Rates. This study provides the first reliable evidence that transformation at scale within a large, urban public school system is possible. The event highlighted the outcomes of New York City’s “small schools of choice” initiative and addressed policy implications for turning around low-performing high schools. To read a summary of the event, click here.


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