C&J’s recommendations for Omaha featured in article

C&J and partner UPD recently presented Omaha Public Schools (OPS) with a needs assessment report outlining strengths and gaps and recommending bold changes such as universal pre-K and better support for struggling students.  A strategic planning process will soon follow.  Read the article here.

Say Yes to Education Praised by President Obama

The exciting work of Say Yes to Education and its partners in Syracuse and Buffalo was included in two speeches by President Obama yesterday. Say Yes partnered with the city of Syracuse in 2008 to provide academic, legal, social, and health supports to all students and their families from pre-school through high school. Students are then provided free college tuition when they graduate with a high school diploma. Say Yes began expanding its program to Buffalo last year. The President spoke of the Say Yes approach as a solution that needs to be replicated in other communities in order to give more students access to college. Read more…

EdWeek features school reform work in Syracuse

In the recent article, “School Improvement Is Citywide Effort in Syracuse,” EdWeek describes the innovative reform approach adopted by the city of Syracuse, NY five years ago.  The city has partnered with Say Yes to Education to provide academic, legal, social, and health supports to all students and their families from pre-school through high school. Students are then provided free college tuition when they graduate with a high school diploma.  The success of the program is due to the whole-child/whole-family/whole-community focus and the partnerships developed and nurtured with students, parents, educators, government, universities, non-profits, and business.  Read more here.

Syracuse City Schools announces leadership position

Led by Superintendent Sharon Contreras, Syracuse City Schools is in the midst of a large scale reform effort to improve student achievement and prepare all of its students to graduate from high school with the skills needed for college and career.  Syracuse is seeking an Executive Director of Teaching and Learning to help move the district toward its goals.

The Executive Director will be responsible for the design and implementation of district curriculum and instruction programs in all subject areas (K-12).  The ideal candidate is a flexible, collaborative and highly motivated administrative leader with demonstrated proficiency in curriculum, instruction and assessment.  This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced educator with a passion and expertise in instructional best practices to effect lasting change on academic quality and achievement outcomes for all of Syracuse’s students.  To learn more about the position, read the job announcement and/or please contact Christina Legg Greenberg at 510.575.9635 or info@redwoodcircle.org.

New book portrays extraordinary success of Say Yes Syracuse

Gene Maeroff’s book, Reforming a School System, Reviving a City: The Promise of Say Yes to Education in Syracuse, is now listed on Amazon for advanced sale in both hard and soft cover versions. It is due out in November. Maeroff, a former education reporter for the New York Times, describes how Say Yes to Education has enacted a set of reforms in Syracuse, New York, that supports students at every level from kindergarten through college. This book shows how Say Yes’ partnership with business, education, and government and unique approach to education reform can help rebuild weakened economies and strengthen communities.

Say Yes Syracuse Students Graduate from College

Say Yes to Education recently celebrated its first class of 4-year college graduates in Syracuse. To see speeches given at the event by Say Yes founder George Weiss, three Say Yes graduates, and others, click here.  To learn more about this extraordinary organization and the impact it is having in the lives of young people and their communities, visit the Say Yes web site at www.sayyestoeducation.org.

Exciting senior leadership roles open at San Jose Unified

Cross & Joftus is assisting San Jose Unified School District (SJUSD) in its efforts to fill three Director positions: Director of Special Education, Director of Student Services, and  Director of Data, Research and Assessment.  Each of these are senior leadership roles that report directly to an Assistant Superintendent (one level below Superintendent Vincent Matthews).  They all require innovative, visionary senior managers who can lead their departments to high levels of performance in service of SJUSD’s students.

SJUSD’s mission is to eliminate the opportunity gap and provide every student with the finest 21st century education. Having recently unveiled their innovative five-year strategic plan, OPPORTUNITY 21, the district is in a unique position to hire a new generation of exceptionally qualified leaders to step in and ensure that all students are inspired and prepared to succeed in a global society.

To learn more, feel free to email Christina Greenberg at cgreenberg@redwoodcircle.org or call her at 510-575-9635.