Every district wants great high schools, but getting there has proved challenging. Wouldn’t it be nice if district leaders could send off for a handy high school reform kit, complete with step-by-step instructions? Well, maybe not. But here’s a new toolkit from Jobs for the Future that moves in that direction. The kit is designed to help district leaders develop a “portfolio” of high-performing high schools. The tools inside walk through key tasks like assessing needs, setting up a district infrastructure to manage reform, and deciding how and where to launch change. So reform-minded district leaders: sharpen your pencils.
— Guestblogger Bryan Hassel, Public Impact