Our teams are assembled from a diverse network of education professionals from around the country and the specific communities we serve. Check out some of our current projects and clients.
Personalized Learning, Student Recruitment & Community Engagement Strategies – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Developing Personalized Learning and Analytics Capacity
The leadership of the Benjamin Banneker Charter Public School recognized the importance of a multi-pronged approach designed to transform and enhance their school to become one in which achievement is the norm and high expectations are intrinsic to the school’s day-to-day operations. Banneker’s leaders embraced the organizational transformation needed to enhance and modernize math instruction. After years of building a stable school community with highly qualified teachers, a capable technology infrastructure, and an academic program proven successful, the school leaders of Banneker wanted to “leap frog” to best practices in data driven decision making, personalized/blended learning and the use of learning analytics. Benjamin Banneker partnered with Ed Inquiry, acting as a change agent, to build on past successes and accelerate institutional growth in data literacy and analytics.
Enhancing Student Recruitment Strategy and Tactics
Although Banneker is a Cambridge district charter, for many years in its history, more students were applying from other locations. A large percentage of applicants came from Boston and other locations such as Malden and Everett. Both the State and Banneker wanted to enhance recruitment from the Cambridge district. Working with Ed Inquiry, Banneker launched a new recruitment campaign that yielded a 100% (with the exception of siblings of existing students) Cambridge incoming class for 2017 – 2018. The campaign focused on the school’s successes, diversity and Pre K programs. New media was strategically placed. Enrollment applications were re-designed and made more accessible online in multiple languages. The web site was also enhanced to better serve prospective parents gain better understanding of the school and the process. The result: for the first time in the school’s more than 20 year history, Banneker has a healthy wait list of Cambridge applicants and has exceeded its aggressive recruitment goals for Cambridge applicants for 2017-2018.
Creating a Shared Culture of Inclusion within the School Community
By school year end, Banneker’s Leadership wanted to provide incoming parents, students and staff with “soft training” on inclusion and tolerance, Banneker’s leadership engaged Ed Inquiry again to prepare a school wide easily accessible statement that would be broadly available across the school community (parents, students, faculty and staff). The school community came together to create a music video that created many opportunities for staff to work together and for student learning in everything from video production to the importance of compassion and global responsibility.
Program Design – Re-engaging Newark Out of School Youth – Community Foundation of New Jersey
How do you re-engage those disaffected young students that have dropped out of their high schools? That was the question posed by the City of Newark, The Foundation for Newark’s Future and the Community Foundation of New Jersey, where Ed Inquiry worked with community leaders to envision, design and launch a new city wide initiative to create an innovative strategy for re-engaging off-track and out of school young people. Working with teams from Jobs for the Future, Ed Inquiry designed an innovative program that promises to bring many young people, currently out of school or falling behind in school, a new chance to achieve high school certification and job skills. The Newark Opportunity Youth Network is offering a fresh start to many out of school youth throughout Newark.
Cultures of Achievement – Biggest Winner Math Challenge – New Orleans
How do you engage an entire school community to prepare for the new rigorous Common Core math assessments? The data analysis was clear that the students of Eisenhower Academy in New Orleans had the capacity to do more. But how do you translate capacity to engagement and self motivated learning? How do you involve an entire community in the school transformation to an achievement culture? Watch below as Adrian Morgan, CEO of Algiers Charter School Association, the largest charter organization in Louisiana, informs his staff about the expansion of Ed Inquiry’s unique Biggest Winner Campaign.
Student Feedback & Perception Surveys
Research shows that student feedback about their classroom experience is a good and valid predictor of their classroom performance. Creating a systematic, research based program of student, teacher and parent feedback (school stakeholders) is neccesary to chart successful transformations and turnarounds. Our school level research uses technology that has been tested in many states. This research approach gives charter and school leaders the insights they need to address some of the most challenging issues and plot a course for real lasting improvement.
Building Capacity for Learning Analytics In a Charter Network – New Orleans, Louisiana
There is more data than we know what to do with. Ed Inquiry combines private sector analytics with K – 12 operational understanding to creat school -wide reporting, data driven frameworks for analysis, reports that are easily understood by the Board and most importantly reports that can inform teachers about the specific challenges of each student. Most charter network and school leaders find that solely adopting a technology platform does not deliver the insights needed to bing about changes in classroom practice and student scores. Our practice specialists help with the intepretation, insght generation and crafing of strategies that transform data into actionable insights for transformation and turnaround.
Charter Board Strategic Consultation – Worcester, MA
From the initial charter application, to school start-up, through a dfficult renewal or possible school closure our team is available to assist. Charter Boards often need assistance in establishing or enhancing their governance and oversight capacity or in strategic planning. New board members need orientation, and new boards need structure and best practices. How do you provide oversight without micromanaging? What are the responsibilities of the Board? We can help your Board work through the tough issues with sensitivity and community awareness.