Over the last 40 years, many have tried to improve American public education. Even with the best intentions, extraordinary efforts and billions of dollars, too many of our urban school systems are falling short.
If urban school systems are to overcome barriers to success, we must transform them into strong public entities that help students and educators reach their full potential.
How do we get back on track?
Changing a few important aspects, like reducing class size, isn’t enough. A holistic approach is necessary to modernize and reorient our school systems so that every central-office dollar and decision is focused on pushing sufficient resources to the classroom, empowering teachers and students and helping everyone in the system continuously improve.
The good news is progress is not just possible, it is happening.
- Watch a video about the work of our network members to transform public education in Tennessee
- Read a white paper about one of the nation’s top-performing urban public charter school networks
- Watch a video about how one urban school district is putting the power of school governance back in the hands of parents, teachers and the local community
- Watch a video about how school systems can make the journey from fair performance to good performance
- Read McKinsey’s report about the world’s most improved school systems and how they keep getting better
The Broad Center Network is serving high-need communities throughout the United States.
- Since 2002, more than 450 Broad Center alumni have worked to strengthen more than 200 urban school systems.
- More than 50 members of the Broad Center network serve as school district superintendents, heads of public charter districts and state superintendents of education.
- Across more than 50 urban school systems, more than 100 superintendent-level positions and 100 cabinet-level positions have been filled by Broad Academy Fellows since the program began in 2002.
- More than 90 percent of Broad Residency alumni still work in K-12 education.