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By Dr. Cathy Mincberg
Presented at the Council of Great City Schools Annual Fall Conference on October 31, 2013
Albuquerque, NM

Follow the Leaders: How Effective Urban School Boards Advance Student Achievement

The District Improvement Initiative is a system-wide school district assessment and restructuring service designed to assist under-performing school districts achieve significant, sustainable improvements in student performance, effective and efficient system operations, and community support.

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“What School Boards Can Do: Reform Governance for Urban Schools”

By Donald R. McAdams
Foreword by Rod Paige, former U.S. Secretary of Education
Published by Teachers College Press, January 2006
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“Fighting to Save Our Urban Schools … and Winning! Lessons From Houston”

By Donald R. McAdams
Published by Teachers College Press, 2000

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By Dr. Cathy Mincberg
Presented at Tucson Metro Chamber Outlooks on March 21, 2013
Tucson, Arizona

Tucson Outlooks: “What Works in Education”

An Introduction to Project Learning:

http://www.edutopia.org/project-based-learning-introduction-video

Tech-Fueled Differentiated Instruction Engages Elementary School Students:

http://www.edutopia.org/stw-differentiated-instruction-technology-elementary-video

School of One:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HSTrI6nj5xU

Carpe Diem Schools:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-s_O65rWV10

Changing Education Paradigms by Sir Ken Robinson:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U

The Third Teacher:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYdtGxJfqQk

 

Moving Up the Middle: What Texas Must Do To Prepare Its Middle School Students for Post-secondary Success
By Houston A+ Challenge
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Examines the effects of leadership practices on student achievement.
By Tim Waters, Robert J. Marzano, and Brian McNulty
2003
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By Sandy Kress, Don McAdams, Mike Moses, David Thompson and Jim Windham
November 2008
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By H.T. Sanchez, Chief of Staff, Ector County Independent School District, Texas
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By Dr. Rod Paige
Presented at 2012 National Institute for School Boards and Texas Institute for School Boards
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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By Dr. Steve Murdock
Presented at 2012 Texas Institute for School Boards
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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By Dr. Steve Murdock
Presented at 2012 National Institute for School Boards
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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By Don McAdams, Michelle Wisdom, Sarah Glover and Anne McClellan

The Education Commission of the States gave a grant to CRSS to conduct a nationwide study of large district accountability systems.  Through telephone surveys, CRSS collected detailed information about the accountability systems for 100 of the largest districts in the nation.  The final report, Urban District Accountability Systems, is available online.  At the ECS website, search the keyword “McAdams” for a link to the article.
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, August 2012, p. 12
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, January 2011
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, November 2009, p. 8
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, August 2009, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, February 2009, p. 8
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, May 2008
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, March 2008, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, November 2007, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, January 2007, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in Annenberg Institute for School Reform Voices in Urban Education, Number 13, Fall 2006, pp. 14-21
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By Donald R. McAdams with Betsy Broyles Breier, Jacqueline Hawkins, and Kenneth K. Wong
Systemwide Efforts to Improve Student Achievement , pp. 173-194
Kenneth K. Wong and Stacey A. Rutledge, Editors
Published by Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, 2006
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By Donald R. McAdams with Kenneth K. Wong,  Betsy Broyles Breier, and Jacqueline Hawkins
Systemwide Efforts to Improve Student Achievement , pp. 227-240
Kenneth K. Wong and Stacey A. Rutledge, Editors
Published by Greenwich, Connecticut: Information Age Publishing, 2006

By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, September 2006, p. 8
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, January 2006
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By Donald R, McAdams with Lynn Jenkins
With the Best of Intentions, pp. 129-156
Frederick M. Hess, Editor
Published by Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard Education Press, 2005

By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, September 2005, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, September 2004, p. 6
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in The School Administrator, November 2003, p. 7
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in American School Board Journal, Vol. 189, No. 12, December 2002, pp. 41-43
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By George A. Clowes
Published in School Reform News, April 2002, pp. 10-11
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in ECS Governance Notes, February 2002
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in Basic Education, Vol.46, No. 4, December 2001, pp. 14-16

A Report on the “Making the Grade” Conference
By James Harvey, Donald R. McAdams and Paul T. Hill
October 2000

CRSS published Leaving No Child Behind after commissioning nationally known researchers to write papers about different aspects of the reform effort in Houston Independent School District.  The researchers presented their papers at a conference called “Making the Grade” where education, civic and business leaders came together to discuss the results.  CRSS synthesized the papers and outcomes of the Making the Grade conference to create Leaving No Child Behind.
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By Donald R. McAdams and W. Robert Houston
Published in Newsday, Viewpoints, May 10, 2000, p. A55
Also syndicated nationally and published in newspapers throughout the United States
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By Donald R. McAdams
Brookings Papers on Education Policy: 1999, pp. 129-183
Diane Ravitch, Editor
Published by Brookings Institution Press, 1999
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By Donald R. McAdams
Published in Education Week, November 24, 1999, pp. 44 and 32
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