Early in the 2014-15 school year, the District of Columbia’s Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) contracted with Cross & Joftus (C&J) to manage a “Learning Network” for all DC priority schools (traditional public and charter) in their third year of implementation. C&J’s theory of action for the Network is to improve academic outcomes for students by providing high-quality support and creating a network of schools. This support will ensure that all students graduate from high school prepared for college, careers, and life.

C&J implemented this Network approach across the state of Kansas from 2008-13, and multiple evaluations found it to be an effective way to foster collaboration among educators and administrators, improve supports for schools and LEAs, and increase student achievement. OSSE and C&J believe strongly that simply adding resources to a school experiencing challenges is not enough to support improvement and in some instances can impede improvement. Thus, OSSE and C&J are committed to ensuring that the support for each school is individualized to address identified needs and reduce barriers to improvement.