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June 15, 2018
Denver expands its experiment with more autonomous ‘innovation zones’
Innovation zones represent a different way of managing schools that is somewhere between the traditional approach and that of charter schools.
June 8, 2018
Purdue is trying to upend the traditional high school model. Here’s what it looks like
The charter school opened this year and it is already planning to expand across the state.
May 24, 2018
Denver approves more schools that will wait ‘on the shelf’ to open, despite pushback
Some Denver board members say this approach assumes other schools will close, something they hope won't happen.
May 17, 2018
The Mind Trust’s new CEO pledges to listen to critics and look to parents to lead changes
"We have much more to do in this regard and need to have the humility to not be afraid to empower parents," said Brandon Brown, the new CEO of The Mind Trust.
April 26, 2018
After a political showdown, the Indianapolis district approves SUPER School for innovation
Some members of the board were skeptical of whether the school needs the additional freedom.
April 17, 2018
Indianapolis Public Schools’ Lewis Ferebee is a finalist to lead Los Angeles schools
The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that Ferebee is among the finalists to lead the nation's second-largest school district.
March 30, 2018
Indianapolis innovation schools must follow a new policy after one lost its nonprofit status
Innovation school leaders have administrative responsibilities that would not typically fall to district principals.
February 15, 2018
This network of Montessori ‘micro-schools’ is bringing a new charter concept to Indiana
But first Wildflower Schools has to solve a number of challenges.
February 12, 2018
What we’ve learned from leading schools in Denver’s Luminary network — and how we’ve used our financial freedom
At Denver Green School, we hired a full-time psychologist. At Cole Arts & Science, we boosted trauma training. Both of us have executive coaches. We think it's working.
February 8, 2018
Ousted from Detroit and Newark, turnaround operator Matchbook could get a fresh start in Indianapolis
The network uses Spark, a software tool that aims to help ordinary teachers achieve the same results as extraordinary ones.
January 30, 2018
This Indianapolis school was given more freedom. Now, it’s helping the district grow.
Innovation schools are helping to boost the district’s enrollment.
October 6, 2017
How Indiana’s A-F rules created a two-tiered system that benefits innovation schools
It raises the question of whether grades that were supposed to be easy for parents to understand are too distorted to be clear.
September 29, 2017
One in five Indianapolis Public Schools students now attend an innovation school
This fall, more than 7,800 Indianapolis Public Schools students walked into schools run by outside managers, rather than the district. Less than three years after…
mix and match
September 14, 2017
The numbers behind Denver’s “portfolio” of schools: More than half are charter and innovation schools
There are 104 traditional district-run schools and 117 charter and innovation schools this school year, according to a Chalkbeat count.
August 2, 2017
After years of stagnation, Colorado’s innovation schools see breakthrough in improvement, data show
The quadrupling of schools that improved could bolster backers of giving schools greater decision-making authority, an experiment playing out across the nation.
May 12, 2017
School districts can create brand-new innovation schools, state high court rules
DPS didn't break the law when it approved innovation plans for 11 new schools, Colorado Supreme Court finds.
April 25, 2017
Indianapolis Public Schools leaders want to look beyond state grades to identify struggling schools. These 7 schools will test the new approach.
In the past, the district has largely decided which schools to overhaul by looking at the schools' state grades.
staying the course
April 10, 2017
Why state education officials think Aurora Central’s latest reforms deserve more time
Aurora Central High School, facing state sanctions for low performance, could be allowed to continue work on reforms rolled out in the current school year.
March 31, 2017
As Purdue prepares to open a high school this fall, leaders are already talking about a network
Purdue Polytechnic High School will open this fall in Indianapolis with 150 freshmen.
March 21, 2017
After some unusual innovation school ideas fell through, the Mind Trust is focusing on replicating successful charter schools.
Four of the 12 school leaders the Mind Trust supported through its innovation fellowship abandoned their plans before opening schools.
March 15, 2017
No new middle school for the west side after plans for an innovative model crumble
The school was intended to be an innovation school partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools and Goodwill of Central & Southern Indiana.
March 13, 2017
Sought-after charter Herron High School could be the latest to join the Indianapolis innovation network
Since IPS began creating innovation schools two years ago, the program has swiftly expanded.
March 13, 2017
U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos says Indianapolis’s ‘innovation schools’ should be a national model
In Betsy DeVos's dream world, more schools would operate the way one in Indianapolis hopes to.
February 22, 2017
A neighborhood-led school will make its pitch to the Indianapolis Public Schools board
If the board approves the plan, the school would join a growing group of “innovation schools” that are still part of IPS but have the freedom of charter schools.
January 24, 2017
IPS outlines a plan: a restart for School 42 and a reprieve for two other schools
The board plans to discuss the three schools at its meeting 6 p.m. Thursday.
January 12, 2017
How one Indianapolis neighborhood says it can save a struggling school by taking control
It could be the first neighborhood-led effort to create an IPS innovation school, offering a model for other community groups across the city.
December 12, 2016
Three IPS schools put on notice: schools could be ‘restarted,’ teachers made to reapply
School 42, School 63 and John Marshall Middle School were all named by the district as candidates for conversion to “innovation” status.
November 28, 2016
Leaders at IPS arts magnet say becoming an “innovation” school will add even more art to the day
That’s why Edison School of the Arts is angling to become one of the first Indianapolis Public Schools allowed to adopt a new governance model.
money money money
November 14, 2016
Mind Trust has big plans for Indianapolis schools and now it needs big money
The Mind Trust is looking to raise $32 million over the next three years.
October 25, 2016
Meet Lamont Browne, the man overseeing Aurora Public Schools’ boldest reforms yet
Aurora Public Schools hired Lamont Browne, a former charter school director, to lead the district's efforts with charter schools and the district's innovation zone.
who's the boss?
August 24, 2016
Pueblo City Schools’ interim leader failed to boost test scores at struggling middle school
Among Macaluso's new duties: convince the state that the southern Colorado school district should keep its accreditation after years of chronic low performance.
August 1, 2016
Cold Spring takes the plunge to manage school differently, but it’s still got lizards
Four traditional IPS schools will convert to "innovation" status this year.
April 26, 2016
Indy “innovation” school aims to send high schoolers abroad
Innovation fellows will receive funding and support to create new schools in Indianapolis.
January 22, 2016
Two struggling IPS schools could be 'restarted' next year
School 44 and School 69 could be managed by charter schools incubated by the Mind Trust if the School Board approves Ferebee's recommendations.
(Not) back to square one
March 11, 2014
Community input, teacher voice drive overhaul at a struggling elementary school
At Ashley Elementary School, teachers and community members drove a school turnaround process that led to the school's newly minted innovation status. The school's plan has won praise even from skeptics of Denver's innovation schools.
January 13, 2014
Innovation schools showing mixed results in DPS
Denver innovation schools aren’t outperforming similar campuses tied to district bureaucracy, according to a report released today. Students at Denver Public Schools that operate…
January 9, 2014
Missteps, red tape and lax oversight plagued Manual High School’s turnaround
Denver Public Schools has repeatedly taken actions to make it more difficult for Manual's staff to focus on their charge of building a strong school culture and boosting student achievement. The school district forced a rushed planning process to get the school off the ground, lost one school leader, and took a full school year to find a replacement, in the process leaving a vacuum that siphoned away early academic progress.
December 11, 2013
Colorado schools fare about the same year-over-year in accountability rankings
Colorado schools are performing about as academically well as they did in pervious years, a new report from the Colorado Department of Education shows.
July 12, 2013
Judge upholds Denver innovation schools plans, with two exceptions
Updated: A Denver district judge has upheld all but two of the city school board's approval of nearly a dozen innovation school plans.
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