Fight For Children’s Quality Schools Initiative

Fight For Children’s Quality Schools Initiative, an innovative awards program, encourages exploration, discussion, and implementation of high-quality practices and programs that can improve student achievement in DC public, charter, and independent schools. Its two main objectives are to acknowledge and identify quality schools that are improving student achievement, and to share their practices so that they may be replicated and expanded to benefit a broader student population.

On Tuesday, September 27, 2011, Fight For Children, in conjunction with the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, held a Quality Schools Initiative Principals Roundtable at Thurgood Marshall Academy (TMA) to focus on the use of data-driven instruction to close the achievement gap in DC’s K-12 schools. TMA, which opened in 2001, was a 2011 recipient of the Quality Schools Initiative Champion of Quality award for its progress in using data to increase student performance. The first part of the half-day event focused on TMA and its successes to date. Then, a panel of leaders from other public and public charter schools in DC spoke about their institutions’ experiences implementing data-driven instruction and addressing the achievement gap.

This publication is a summary of the presentations and discussion at the roundtable:

The knowledge sharing, idea generation and reflection that took place through the interaction of so many school leaders underscored the power of collaboration to fuel change in DC’s schools. Attendees buzzed with enthusiasm and eagerness to implement new practices at their own institutions. If this energy is directed through this process of achieving data-driven instruction – the best practices of experienced schools – then good things are to come for District students who may otherwise be lost to the achievement gap.