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Guide to Working With External Providers

Overview of the Guide to Working With External ProvidersOverview of the Guide to Working With External Providers

This overview Adobe PDF Icon of the 2010 Guide to Working With External Providers highlights the five essential characteristics of high-quality provider services and describes the six-step process for creating effective partnerships with external providers.


Guide to Working With External ProvidersRelease of the Complete Guide

On September 24, 2010, Learning Point Associates released the complete Guide to Working With External Providers Adobe PDF Icon . The guide offers a step-by-step approach to researching and selecting a high-quality service provider, establishing an effective partnership agreement, and evaluating the success of the partnership. It digs beneath the surface and explains how actual schools and districts have successfully negotiated these partnerships.


Legislative Forum: "Turning the Corner on School Improvement Grants"

On September 24, 2010, nearly 50 people, including congressional staff and federal policymakers, attended a forum in the Rayburn House Office Building to discuss the key issues facing policymakers as they work to put low-performing schools on track for success. American Institutes for Research (AIR) and Learning Point Associates, an affiliate of AIR, hosted the event. (See related press release. Adobe PDF Icon )

Cary Cuiccio, senior program manager, District and School Improvement Services, moderated the discussion. Catherine Barbour, who has led school turnarounds and is now driving school turnaround consulting projects for the organization, was joined on the panel by Becki Herman, coauthor of the IES Practice Guide "Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools"; Michigan Department of Education representative MaryAlice Galloway, who talked about implementation of school improvement grants; and Donna Warthan, a veteran principal in Hampton, Virginia, who led a school turnaround.

Audience members included Kate Ahlgren, Committee on Education and Labor, U.S. House of Representatives; Kandace Jones from the U.S. Department of Education; Dawn Krusemark, American Federation of Teachers; Mel Riddile, National Association of Secondary School Principals; Carol Riley, National Association of Elementary School Principals; Steve Robinson, White House Domestic Policy Council; and Marcie Dianda, Priority Schools Campaign, National Education Association.

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