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Using Research-Based Strategies for School Improvement in Ohio

Monday, April 15, 2013
WVIZ/PBS ideastream Studios, Cleveland, Ohio              
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This event featured a presentation by Sam Stringfield, Ph.D., a researcher from the University of Cincinnati, who discusses current research around school improvement. Dr. Stringfield discusses the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) practice guide, Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools, and his study, Sustaining Turnaround at the School and District Levels: The High Reliability Schools Project at Sandfields Secondary School. The event also featured a moderated panel discussion with Pamela VanHorn, director of the Ohio Network for Innovation and Improvement; Jessica Johnson, managing director for district and school improvement at American Institutes for Research; and Elaine Lawless, principal of North Franklin Elementary School. They discuss how the Ohio Department of Education and local practitioners implement the practices suggested in the IES practice guide. This event was designed to address the U.S. Department of Education’s priority area of school improvement.

Sam Stringfield, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, School of Education, University of Cincinnati

Pamela VanHorn
Director, Ohio Network for Innovation and Improvement, Ohio Department of Education

Jessica Johnson
Managing Director for District and School Improvement, American Institutes for Research
Elaine Lawless
Principal, North Franklin Elementary School 

Related Resources
Herman, R., Dawson, P., Dee, T., Greene, J., Maynard, R., Redding, S., & Darwin, M. (2008) Turning around chronically low-performing schools: A practice guide (NCEE #2008-4020). Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Educational Evaluation and Regional Assistance. Retrieved from
Schaffer, E., Reynolds, D., & Stringfield, S. (2012). Sustaining turnaround at the school and district levels: The High Reliability Schools Project at Sandfields Secondary School. Journal of Education for Students Placed at Risk, 17(1), 108-127. Subscription required. Preview retrieved from