A Conversation with Leaders

Following our Washington DC event on evidence-based whole-school reform, we sat with three educational leaders to talk with them about their work in turning around struggling high schools. Here are the insights they shared with us.


A Conversation with:

Dr. Michelle Pierre-Farid

Chief Academic Officer
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

The full interview (4:14)

Can you describe the work you’re doing to improve professional learning communities for educators? (2:00)

Can you describe the “Investment Portfolio Strategy” in Cleveland? (0:50)

What advice would you give on school turnaround? (1:59)
Michelle Pierre-Farid

A Conversation with:

Dr. Wachera Brown

Principal, Innovation High School
Jersey City Public Schools

The full interview (3:11)

Please tell us about yourself and your school (0:47)

What does Innovation do to prepare students for college and careers? (1:51)

Why is it important to have a partner for school design? (1:07)

A Conversation with:

Stephanie Wood-Garnett

President, Institute for Student Achievement

The full interview (6:33)

What makes the ISA model unique? (1:37)

What’s important in a school turnaround partner? (1:56)

Why are student-adult relationships so valuable in a school? (1:49)

How can an evidence-based approach make school turnarounds more successful? (2:04)