IMPROVING HIGH SCHOOLS
There is no greater challenge facing educators today than creating high schools that ensure that all entering 9th grade students graduate in four years prepared for success in postsecondary education and the world of work. We bring extensive experience engaging high schools in thoughtful and purposeful improvement efforts that address their specific situations and communities. Our three-year efforts in Long Beach (CA) Unified School District contributed to the development of a system of principal-led initiatives. The initiatives resulted in continuous improvement in teaching and learning, increases in performance of students on state assessments, and success in implementing small learning communities. Long Beach, the third largest district in California with 25,000 high school students, was awarded the Broad Prize as the outstanding urban district in recognition of its steady growth in student achievement and closing the achievement gap.