Success Stories

Sioux Falls School District (SD)

Setting the Course for Improvement with a Strategic Planning Process that Rallies the District

Facing myriad challenges including rising enrollment, a teacher shortage, an increasing population of English Language Learners, and falling graduation rates, SFSD, working in partnership with DMGroup, embarked on a strategic planning process that produced an actionable, results-oriented plan that has mobilized the district and community to work together toward shared goals.

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Bibb County School District (GA)

Raising Achievement and Addressing Equity with Instructional Guidelines and Effective Scheduling

With support from DMGroup, BCSD established new instructional guidelines to help schools align to best practices and provide equitable learning and support opportunities for students. Implementing these guidelines required overhauling master schedules for all 22 elementary schools, a process accomplished through DMGroup facilitation and iteration on schedule drafts.

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New Bedford Public Schools (MA)

Turnaround: Focus and Persistence Change the Course, Guided by an Accelerated Improvement Plan

NBPS, a struggling district for more than a decade and rated a Level 4—“underperforming” district by the Massachusetts DESE in 2011, hired Dr. Pia Durkin as superintendent in the summer of 2013 to lead a turnaround. The bold work led by Superintendent Durkin and her team is leading to dramatic, tangible improvement in student results, resulting in the district being released from state monitoring in July 2017 based on the progress being made.

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Newport News Public Schools (VA)

A Systems-Thinking Approach to RTI: Improving Elementary Reading Supports Yields Significant Gains

When more rigorous state tests and standards yielded troubling results for NNPS, district leadership took action to examine current practices to support students who struggle, particularly with regard to elementary reading. Learn how the district within one year implemented a best-practice elementary Response to Intervention (RTI) model that is producing dramatic gains.

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South San Antonio Independent School District (TX)

Funding District Priorities Through Strategic Budgeting

As the fifth superintendent in three years, Dr. Abelardo Saavedra knew South San Antonio ISD was facing many challenges. In addition to facing a $4 million budget gap, the district needed to make new investments to raise student achievement and meet the many demands of its population. Learn how the district achieved these goals by taking a close look at general education and special education staffing.

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