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When Common Sense Turns Strategic: The Power of Engagement in Creating Sustainable Change
As researchers, decision makers and practitioners focus on continuous improvement, local level change continues to gain importance. Yet, many local improvements fail to be fully implemented. Even more fail to sustain in systems facing multiple challenges. Can decision makers and implementers come together to build a better approach to local change? What might happen if improvement efforts combined a powerful framework for improvement with a committed focus to the human side? Join us to explore how Leading by Convening, a blueprint for authentic engagement developed by 50 national organizations, supports the four domains of rapid school turnaround developed by the National Center for School Turnaround.
This talk was presented at:
National Title I Conference
February 2017 in Long Beach, CA
Carlas McCauley

Carlas McCauley serves as Director of the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd. He has over fifteen years of experience working in school reform and policy development at the local and national level.  Prior to joining WestEd, he oversaw the administration of the federal School Improvement Grants (SIG) Program at the U.S. Department of Education (ED) in the Office of School Turnaround. Since 2007, he helped administer approximately $6 billion dedicated to improving low-performing schools across the country. He is a nationally recognized speaker for his work in developing and supporting, school turnaround efforts as well as other education improvement initiatives within ED.

Joanne Cashman

Dr. Cashman is the Director of The IDEA Partnership at the National Association of State Directors of Special Education (NASDSE). Joanne has a unique blend of academic preparation and practice knowledge. For 27 years she worked as a teacher, building principal and director of special and alternative education and dropout prevention for the Shikellamy School District in Sunbury, Pennsylvania.

Before joining NASDSE, she was the project director of The Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program at George Washington University (GWU). Dr.Cashman is a frequent presenter for state and national audiences and has authored articles, practice manuals and book chapters that bridge policy and practice. Her research interests include: shared policy agendas and cross-cutting policy strategies; organizational learning; system convening and communities of practice.

She received her doctoral degree in special education from the George Washington University, Washington, DC.