C&J authors report on the role of education in community reform

In this report entitled Rebuilding Communities: Education’s Central Role in Mobilizing Community Reform, author Gene Maeroff explains how Say Yes to Education (SYTE) has partnered with the city of Syracuse, Syracuse University, and many community organizations to prepare more students to attend and excel in college.  At the heart of the program is a promise that all qualifying high school graduates can attend college tuition-free.  Along with being good for the students, Say Yes and city leadership believe such an investment is critical to the economic prospects of Syracuse as a whole.  Maeroff documents the development of the SYTE model in Syracuse and thereby provides a roadmap for other cities as they consider how to implement a community revitalization effort using education as the lever. Read the report >>

Garden City High School in KS recognized as Blue Ribbon School

Garden City High School in Garden City, KS, one of the first five member districts of the Kansas Learning Network, has been chosen by the US Department of Education as one of 314 Blue Ribbon Schools for 2012.  The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. More information about the 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools can be found here.

In addition, James Mireles, Principal of Garden City High School, was honored with the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership.  Since assuming the position of principal, Mireles and his team have successfully raised student achievement to 95% proficient in reading/language arts and 92.2% proficient in mathematics.  More information about this year’s Bell award recipients can be found here.


C&J Review of Buffalo Public Schools Described in Article

In an article published in The Buffalo News, the findings of a recent C&J review of the Buffalo Public Schools are outlined.  Through interviews, data analysis, and visits to 195 classrooms, the C&J team identified significant challenges facing the school system including under-enrolled classrooms, rampant absenteeism, ineffective professional development, and uneven access to Advanced Placement courses. The review was funded by Say Yes to Education.  Read more >

New Special Education Practice Brochure

Cross & Joftus has developed a new brochure — Reimagining Special Education — that describes how C&J helps schools, districts, and states better support students with special needs and increase achievement. To learn more about our research-based, results-oriented approach, download the brochure here.

Evaluation shows that Kansas Learning Network (KLN) is contributing to an increase in student achievement

Two recent evaluations found that on average, students in KLN districts and schools consistently increased achievement scores on state reading and math assessments at a faster pace than students in non-KLN districts. Read more >

Cross & Joftus to help Smithsonian better support educators

The Smithsonian Institution’s Center for Education and Museum Studies has awarded Cross & Joftus a contract to design, develop and manage an evaluation to better understand the needs and behaviors of educators utilizing digital museum content. Read more >

Building Success: A Systems Approach to Serving Students with Disabilities

C&J recently held a webinar about our special education work with states, charter management organizations, districts, and schools. The event was an opportunity to hear from expert C&J associates and leaders from partner districts across the country and learn about the impact we’re having together to ensure that all students, including those with disabilities, have access to an education that helps them achieve high academic standards. We shared the lessons learned and best practices, strategies, and tools developed as a result of collaborative engagements in districts as diverse as rural Kansas and urban Los Angeles, in both traditional public schools and public charter school settings.

Panelists included:

– Christopher Cross, Chairman, Cross & Joftus, LLC
– Alice Parker, Special Education Practice Lead, Cross & Joftus, LLC and former Assistant Superintendent, California Department of Education
– Kaye Ragland, Director of Inclusion and Special Education, Partnerships to Uplift Communities (Los Angeles, CA)
– Teresa Tosh, Assistant Superintendent of Learning Services, Haysville (KS) Public Schools

Review the webinar presentation and learn more.

C&J’s work with SIG recipient Southeast High in Kansas featured in EdWeek

This article describes the exciting progress of SIG recipients such as Southeast High School in Cherokee, KS — one of 43 Kansas schools partnered with a Cross & Joftus implementation coach — as well as concerns about sustainability as school funding remains uncertain across the country due to the economic downturn. Read more >

Monica Santana Rosen joins Cross & Joftus as fourth partner

As we celebrate our eighth anniversary, we are thrilled to announce that Monica Santana Rosen will be joining Chris, Scott, and Sharon as a partner in the firm. Monica will lead our growing human capital management practice.

C&J’s Christopher Cross corrects the record on Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

In a Letter to the Editor published in the Washington Post on March 16th, Cross responded to George Will’s op-ed “Obama’s disdain for law” and argued that the CCSS are a state-driven effort, not a power grab by the Education Department. Read More