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Administrative leadership

Mount Vernon City School District, Mount Vernon, New York

Challenge: Mount Vernon City School District, an urban system on New York City’s northern border, has suffered through years of academic and structural neglect, causing low graduation rates disparities in access to learning. High illiteracy, suspensions and violence were also pervasive.

Aurora Public Schools, Aurora, Colorado

Challenge: With fewer than half of students graduating from high school within four years, Aurora Public Schools was identified in 2010 as one of the lowest-performing districts in Colorado.

Rowland USD, Rowland Heights, California

Challenge: Administrators wanted everyone in the 19-school district following a central vision that would drive instructional initiatives, foster personalized professional development and focus on data-driven decision-making.

Arlington Public Schools, Arlington, Virginia

Challenge: Creating a curriculum that’s relevant to everyone can be challenging in a diverse county where students hail from 122 nations and speak 100 languages.

Scottsbluff Public Schools, Scottsbluff, Nebraska

Challenge: Scottsbluff’s graduation rate was barely 71 percent in 2011 and only 74 percent in 2012. The free- and reduced-price lunch rate has risen to 63 percent, while crime, drug use and child abuse continue to challenge the area. Mobility among residents means the community struggles to maintain its current population while schools face increased needs from English language learners.


Administrators knew that establishing a consistent form of strong leadership would increase student achievement and promote a cohesive culture. So administrators rolled out an initiative called IMPACT80

Future-Ready Administrators

After Vancouver Public Schools created a weLearn 1-to-1 initiative, administrators realized they needed to support and challenge instructional leaders in the same ways.