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CMSD infuses its ‘Investment Schools’ with talent, resources needed to turn them around


In meetings recently with families of students in schools selected as Cleveland Metropolitan School District “Investment Schools,” CEO Eric Gordon pledged to deliver on “changes we must see” in these schools.

The Cleveland Plan requires CMSD to improve student achievement for all of its lowest performing schools within six years.  The law includes identifying and selecting groups of “corrective action” schools to receive intensive resources and supports.


Gordon said CMSD chose the term “Investment Schools” to help students, families and neighborhoods understand the nature of the District’s ‘investment in their school community.’


“We want families to know that, on every level, CMSD is investing in their child’s school,” said Gordon, who made a commitment during the successful levy campaign to ensure quality schools in every neighborhood.  “We are working to ensure that the community remains ‘invested’ as we direct resources, time and personnel where they are needed most to help every child succeed.”


To select the 13 Investment Schools in Phase 1 of the process, the District reviewed student achievement data and made thoughtful decisions about the different levels of interventions needed, and the best ways to customize support strategies to fit the needs of each school. 


In describing “Changes we must see in CMSD Investment Schools,” Gordon asked citizens to envision schools focused on students’ readiness to learn.


“To improve student achievement, students need clean, attractive, inviting classrooms, where adults have high expectations and provide positive feedback,” he said.


Among other expectations, the CEO described structured supports from caring adults, tutoring, mentoring, improved communication between educators and families, and extra time for teachers to plan outstanding relevant lessons.


“We will hold every adult accountable for the success of every student,” Gordon said.  “With targeted professional development and ongoing coaching, we must use data to meet the individual students’ learning needs.”


As part of the Investment Schools strategy, CMSD will allow principals more budget flexibility to respond to the unique needs of students in their schools, will expand school partnerships, and work with external partners to keep every program focused on the needs and goals of the school and students.

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