District and school leaders today are being asked to do more with less. Shrinking budgets and changes to federal and state policies have made their jobs harder. In addition, to help increase student achievement, leaders are trying all kind of new initiatives—curricula and assessment systems, school-improvement-planning processes, learning methods—that have promised to deliver greater student achievement results. However, as the recent findings from the USDOE School Improvement Grants show, most school-improvement initiatives—especially in high-needs, disadvantaged schools—are continuing to fail or create little improvement.

The strategies and techniques that used to work, even a couple years ago, just aren’t working anymore. We...

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About the Author:

Jason Culbertson is president of Insight Education Group and the project director for Empowering Educators to Excel TSL grant. Follow him on Twitter: @JCulberts0n.