Cross & Joftus Authors Report on Out-of-School Time Efforts in American Cities

This example-filled guide developed with the National League of Cities describes three strategies municipal leaders have used successfully to advance after-school programming: involving many organizations and agencies in the OST effort; keeping after-school on the public agenda; and heading the development of a shared vision for after-school and other out-of-school time opportunities. Read more

Cross & Joftus Selected as Service Provider for Districts in Need of Improvement in Kansas and California

Cross & Joftus was awarded a two-year contract by the Kansas State Department of Education to provide services to all 17 districts and 33 schools in the state that have been identified for improvement. We have also been selected by the California Department of Education as a service provider for districts in the state that have been identified for improvement (see press release). Find out how Cross & Joftus can support the improvement process in your state or district. Read more about The Learning Network and School System Improvement

Cross & Joftus contributes to new book Grand Bargain for Education Reform: New Rewards and Supports for New Accountability

This book provides a unique collection of perspectives from national education leaders on how accountability, performance-based pay, and value-added assessment might be combined to offer a more robust accountability model for schools.

Sharon Deich Authors Piece on Reallocating Resources

In a newsletter written for the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement, Sharon writes about the strategies used to facilitate the implementation, expansion, and sustainment of a wide range of school improvements. Read PDF

Visit Two New Web Sites to Support Our Schools and Teachers

Support the great work that is happening in our schools and classrooms by visiting and These two sites allow visitors to celebrate the extraordinary influence teachers have on our lives and provide schools and teachers with the resources they need to help our children succeed.

National Research Council Releases Report on Early Childhood Math

Christopher Cross led a two-year National Research Council study on math for young children. Read the press release and an Education Week article about the study. To purchase the full report and receive a 25% discount, go to the National Academies Press web site and use code MATLEA at check-out.

The Learning Network™

A new Cross & Joftus approach to school system improvement, The Learning Network, builds capacity at the school, district, and state levels to improve the quality of education all children receive. Read more

Cross & Joftus Celebrates 5th Anniversary

Our firm is celebrating five years of great work with exceptional clients. We have a successful track record and a proven business model.

Cross & Joftus Announces New Partner Sharon Deich

Sharon contributes important knowledge and experience in school finance and change management. In addition, she has considerable expertise in coupling out-of-school time supports and services with traditional education reforms to improve student outcomes. Read more