All means ALL at Memorial Middle School in Fitchburg Public Schools (MA). Despite a global pandemic, their students in all target subgroups saw improved performance on the state assessment between 2019 and 2022, shedding their Comprehensive Support and Improvement Federal accountability designation.
Congdon Elementary School in New Bedford, Massachusetts, changed the narrative for it’s students. Partnering with Focused Schools between 2016 and 2020, the Congdon team’s efforts led to such dramatic improvements in their students’ performance that they were twice recognized as a School of Recognition by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and ultimately as a National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education.
In just two years into their partnership with Focused Schools, Norfolk Public Schools increased the number of accredited schools by 22%. In 2017, 61% of all NPS schools received the distinction of being named as fully accredited by the Virginia Department of Education.
After partnering with Focused Schools for three years, 7 out of 15 schools (5 elementary, 2 secondary) from the Covina-Valley Unified School District were identified as “Top Los Angeles Schools” by the USC Rossier Center on Policy, Equity, and Governance. This honor was received as a result of the work these schools did to close the achievement gap for low-income, Latinx students. The low-income Latinx student sub-group at these schools OUTPERFORMED the state average for ALL students.
Our company’s Managing Director experienced the impact of the Focused Leadership Framework and the support of her Instructional Leadership Team, allowing her to be innovative, results-oriented, and inclusive of all school leaders. The results speak for themselves.
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The superintendent in Fitchburg Public Schools (MA) understands that teacher leadership is important. In 2022, the district launched its first-ever Teacher Leadership Academy. The vision: to empower teachers to strengthen their leadership skills and expand their impact beyond their classrooms. This graphic showcases the work led by teacher leaders at FHS.
School and district leaders in Blackstone-Millville Regional School District (MA) collaborated to define their Portrait of a Graduate alongside their most recent district strategic plan. The Portrait of a Graduate serves as their promise to all students from Pre-K through graduation and informs decision-making and planning at all levels.
District leadership and School Committee members in Shrewsbury Public Schools (MA) knew the importance of defining a small set of priorities to drive continuous improvement for all students. In 2022, the district engaged families, staff, students, and community members to develop their new strategic plan, which sets their vision for the next several years.