For California, the SIG Program Has Shown Some Success, Study Finds
In that context, Dee identified two camps – the “no excuses” crowd pushing for new leadership and practices, and the “broader and bolder” reformers who say a school can’t succeed without a comprehensive safety net to address the many socioeconomic challenges that can influence student achievement.
In a sense, Dee said, the SIG schools represent an amalgam of those two central philosophies — bringing in new leadership and better staff development, as well as funding for wraparound student services.
“That to me is one of the most fascinating aspects to the whole endeavor,” he said.
And if that multi-pronged approach turns out to lead to sustainable school improvement in California and beyond, it could end up being a bright point of light in what has been a persistently dark tunnel.