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AASA NCE Discussion: Spending Money Wisely

National Conference on Education, March 3, 2017

DMGroup President Nathan Levenson presented at the 2017 AASA National Conference on Education about how to free up funds to support a district's strategic priorities.

Consultant: LPS leaders can't improve special education alone

Lincoln Journal Star, October 26, 2016.

Changing how Lincoln Public Schools helps struggling students cannot be a top down proposition, said the president of a company that audited the district’s special education services. “The central office alone can’t change the district,” said Nate Levenson, president of District Management Council, which LPS hired...

School District 204 releases state test results

Positively Naperville, October 25, 2016.

In the official email newsletter for Indian Prairie School District 204, residents were enlightened by the results released from the state that show District 204’s stable scores on the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) continue to exceed state averages. This is the second year that students...

Elmhurst District 205 coaches look at revised middle school schedules

Chicago Tribune, September 16, 2016.

Teacher coaches and possible changes to how middle schools are structured are some of the initiatives Elmhurst District 205 staff, parents and officials have been tackling over the last few years. Both projects revved up with the start of the school year. This school year there are 10 new coaches at the elementary...

GISH's future discussed at public meetings

Nebraska.tv, September 14, 2016.

2,577 - That's the number of students enrolled in one way or another at the area's largest high school. Grand Island Senior High alone holds 2,426 of them, with others attending programs like the Success Academy. But, it's future students that may be impacted by discussions going on this week. Boston-based District...

Consulting firm wants community’s aspirations for high school graduates

The Grand Island Independent, September 12, 2016.

Parents who attended the first in a series of public forums said they want Grand Island Senior High graduates not only to be career- and college-ready but also to have confidence in themselves. Monday morning’s community forum on visioning the future of high school in Grand Island was the first of four...

Audit of special education suggests teachers who know core subjects key to raising achievement

Lincoln Journal Star, July 26, 2016.

Special education students need more time to master core subjects like reading and math and teachers with expertise in those subjects should be teaching them, according to an audit of special education in Lincoln Public Schools. “The gift of time is a key component of raising the achievement of struggling students,” ...

Learning to reign in cost of Stamford special education

Stamford Advocate, June 17, 2016.

This is the type of situation that rankles taxpayers, with good reason. It begins in 2010, when the school district hired an auditor from Boston to find out why Stamford was spending ever more money on special education. The company, District Management Council, recommended five ways that...

Mounds View district begins implementing elementary literacy recommendations

Sun Focus, June 13, 2016.

In May, the Mounds View School Board heard how the elementary literacy program improvements are progressing. During the 2014-15 school year, the District Management Council worked with the Mounds View School District to examine elementary literacy instruction. The primary objective of this project was to...

Harvard Business School Examines K-12 Blended Learning

Education Week, June 6, 2016.

In the leafy suburbs of Philadelphia, the affluent Downingtown, Pa., school system has high test scores, plenty of digital resources, and features one of the best high schools in the country. Even so, Superintendent Lawrence J. Mussoline decided to shake things up. The 13,000-student district already...

Consultant: Elmhurst District 205 has a middle school achievement gap

The Chicago Tribune, March 23, 2016.

While a recent study found that middle school students in Elmhurst Unit School District 205 generally have a consistent experience, there seems to be an achievement gap between general and special education students. School consultant group District Management Council has been hired...

Pilot project holds out hope for big gains by struggling students

The VT Digger, March 16, 2016.

The consulting firm that legislators want to hire to work with educators in Vermont says it has a solid track record of helping districts improve student achievement while saving money. “Over time we have seen districts be able to implement better practices for half a million less than current spending,” Nathan...

Look, Mom, I'm Writing a Term Paper on My Smartphone

The Wall Street Journal, February 17, 2016.

After years of cellphone bans, many teachers now invite teens to use smartphones for homework and during class. When it comes time to get serious about doing his schoolwork, 16-year-old Daniel Self doesn’t need a desktop, laptop or tablet. He picks up his smartphone...

BOE investigates busing issues in Guilford school start time debate

Zip06, January 20, 2016.

As a result of numerous studies indicating high school students are in need of more sleep, the Board of Education (BOE) is investigating the possibility of a delayed high school start time. While a later start might give teenagers some more shut-eye, it could also have a significant impact on the bus system...

Data for turbocharging management decisions: Improving cost-effectiveness of personalized learning, staff schedules, and academic return on investment

School Administrator, January 2016.

“Co-teaching is great! It’s the best of both worlds!” “No, it’s expensive and I don’t think it works for most students.” It was an old debate with predictable opponents and proponents. The discussion ended like it had in years past. Hard feelings, uncertainty as to who was right, and the continuation of the status quo. Adding Big Data changed everything — the discussion, the ambiguity, the budget and the services for students...

Education is fundamental need for more just, prosperous and competitive society: John Kim, Harvard Business School

The Economic Times, December 15, 2015.

Professor John Kim, senior lecturer of business administration at Harvard Business School, teaches second-year course, Entrepreneurship and Technology Innovations in Education, which tries to tackle the root causes of performance problem in urban education, and the entrepreneurial behaviour...

Maher: 'We can do better'

Argus Leader, October 26, 2015.

Sioux Falls schools have some areas they need to work on according to a group tasked with redrafting the district's strategic plan... A steering committee of educators is going through the information highlighted by a Boston-based consulting firm and prioritizing which problems deserve the most attention...

Schools to conduct needs assessment

Argus Leader, July 27, 2015.

Student test scores and employee morale will be under the microscope as Sioux Falls public school leaders begin a strategic planning process. Superintendent Brian Maher wanted a strategic plan as a newcomer to the district of more than 23,000 students. He started this month as...

Special services review highlights district's strengths and weaknesses

Wilton Bulletin, July 10, 2015.

In February, the Board of Education approved a comprehensive review of the district's special education services by the consultant group District Management Council (DMC). Ann Paul, assistant superintendent of special services, told the board in December, "Their goal, as they shared it, is not to produce..."

Upgrading school with a startup mentality

Harvard Business School - News, June 23, 2015.

AltSchool offers a compelling case study of a company pursuing a double bottom line: delivering an updated and optimized education, and turning a profit. It used to be that you risked detention for disrupting an elementary school classroom. Nowadays, disrupting the entire school system can earn you...

District analyzes 'academic return on investment'

Wilton Bulletin, April 18, 2015.

An Achievement Value Analysis is being piloted in the Wilton school district this spring, Board of Education Chair Bruce Likly announced at the March school budget hearing. Developed by consultant group District Management Council, the analysis is designed to "boost academic return on investment" by...

Fridley School District reviews ways to help raise student achievement

Sun Focus, March 28, 2015.

Raising Achievement for struggling students and still keeping costs under control is a top priority for Fridley Schools. At a work session on March 17, the Fridley School Board reviewed information from the Boston-based District Management Council containing suggestions on ways that goal can be accomplished...

Roundtable on U46 strategic plan eyes job training, grading system

Chicago Tribune, March 19, 2015.

As officials in Elgin School District U46 held their last VIP roundtable to gather comments about their proposed new five-year strategic plan, the comments centered on preparing people for jobs, the bungled rollout of the new Standards-Based Grading System and communication to residents who aren't...

Districts ramp up efforts to link spending, academic priorities

Education Week, March 17, 2015.

When the Wylie school district in Texas crafts its annual budget, finance officials closely consult with key academic leaders to ensure spending decisions match up with the district's strategic plans and goals. Michele Trongaard, the chief financial officer in the 14,000-student district, shadows principals to better...

Elementary literacy study highlights opportunities for District 621

Sun Focus, March 15, 2015.

The focus of an elementary literacy study for Mounds View Public Schools is to ensure all students are receiving the most effective and cost effective support possible. For about the last four months, the District Management Council (DMC) has been working with staff to examine how the district currently teaches...

Our view: Another step forward for city schools

South Coast Today, March 12, 2015.

Changing the myriad components of the New Bedford Public Schools in order to turn around a system that has struggled to serve the city’s children is an immense task. The administration charged with this job has seen through a modernization of finances and use of capital resources; turnaround plans for...

School district moves forward with 'comprehensive' special services review

Wilton Bulletin, February 23, 2015.

The Board of Education unanimously approved having consultant group District Management Council (DMC) perform a review of the district’s special education services during its Feb. 5 meeting. Assistant Superintendent of Special Services Ann Paul told the board during its Dec. 4 meeting that she and...