School Effectiveness

Managing Networks for School Improvement: Seven Lessons from the Field


In recent decades, new networks for school improvement (NSI) have proliferated across the country. These emerging organizational structures present education leaders with an opportunity to build dynamic infrastructures to engage schools in improvements to teaching and learning. NSI are diverse. Some NSI are part of school districts, while others are contracted by school districts to design blueprints for school improvement.

Jal Mehta

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE
Harvard University

Jal Mehta is a professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. His research explores the role of different forms of knowledge in tackling major social and political problems, particularly problems of human improvement. He has also written extensively on what it would take to improve American education, with a particular focus on the professionalization of teaching.

Robert A. Nathenson, PhD MSE MSc

Research Specialist, CPRE
University of Pennsylvania

Dr. Robert Nathenson is a research specialist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education (GSE). He is an applied quantitative researcher with expertise leading projects using advanced econometric techniques in postsecondary education, K-12 education, and health. His research focuses on questions of access, opportunity, and mobility for low-income, minority, mental health, and immigrant populations, including the geography of opportunity, student learning trajectories, and access to healthcare services.

Katharine M. Conn

Senior Research Scientist, CPRE-TC
Teachers College, Columbia University

Katharine Conn is a senior research scientist at the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE) at Columbia University. Her current research focuses on issues of quality and access in primary and secondary education, teacher retention, alternative teacher preparation programs, school-to-work transitions in developing countries, and the use of meta-analysis in education research.

Thomas B. Corcoran

Senior Research Specialist, CPRE
Teachers College, Columbia University

Susan Fuhrman

Founder, CPRE
Teachers College, Columbia University

Dr. Susan Fuhrman is Past-President of Teachers College, Columbia University, founding Director and Chair of the Management Committee of the Consortium for Policy Research in Education (CPRE), and immediate Past-President of the National Academy of Education. Dr. Fuhrman’s substantial leadership track record includes her term as Dean of the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education from 1995-2006, where she was also the school’s George and Diane Weiss Professor of Education. Dr.

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