The Cleveland Transformation Alliance is a public-private partnership dedicated to growing a portfolio of quality district and charter schools. The Alliance works to ensure every child in Cleveland attends a quality school, and every neighborhood has great schools from which families can choose.
The Cleveland Plan
The Transformation Alliance Work Roles
Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools outlines four work roles for the Transformation Alliance:
Assess the quality of all district and charter schools in Cleveland.
The Alliance reports on school quality using state and local measures, and publishes an annual School Quality Guide for families and the community. This interactive website includes all the information from the Guide and more.
Communicate to families about quality school options in Cleveland.
The Alliance empowers families to make informed choices through regular communications about school quality and its annual “report card” on all public schools in Cleveland.
Ensure fidelity to the citywide education plan – The Cleveland Plan.
Assess and report on the impact and implementation of the Cleveland Plan.
Monitor the quality of all district and charter schools in Cleveland.
The Alliance works to ensure new and existing public charter schools in Cleveland reflect quality educational standards.
Piet van Lier
The Board of Directors
Mayor Frank G. Jackson chairs the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance. The board includes representatives from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, partnering charter schools and charter organizations, parents and educators, local foundations, and other community and business leaders. The Board meets eight times a year at the headquarters of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority at 8120 Kinsman Road in Cleveland. Additional Board meeting dates and details can be found using this link: News & Events.
Hon. Frank G. Jackson, Chair
Mayor, City of Cleveland
Monyka S. Price, Vice Chair
Chief of Education, City of Cleveland
Chair, Cleveland Board of Education
Parent, Design Lab Early College
Senior Vice President, Director of Corporate Affairs, Huntington National Bank
Teacher, Joseph M. Gallagher School, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Chief Executive Officer, College Now of Greater Cleveland
Richard M. Gibson
Pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church
Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Vice Chair, Cleveland Board of Education
Youth Development Manager, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation
Sharon Sobol Jordan
CEO, The Unify Project
Executive Director, The Intergenerational Schools
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Education & Workforce, Greater Cleveland Partnership
Senior Program Officer, George Gund Foundation
Chief Executive Officer, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority
August A. Napoli
President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Cleveland
President, Cleveland Council of Administrators and Supervisors
President, Cleveland Teachers Union
Parent, Tremont Montessori School
Pastor, Nueva Vida Church
Parent, Cleveland School of Science and Medicine
Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough Schools
Victor A. Ruiz
Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.
Chief Operating Officer, Rutledge Group, Inc.
Samuel P. Scavella
Principal, Glenville High School
Program Director for Education, Cleveland Foundation
Director, Education Division, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation
Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University
In late 2011, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson charged the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, the philanthropic sector, the business community and representatives of the charter sector to develop a plan to fundamentally reinvent public education in Cleveland. Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools was presented to Ohio’s governor and legislative leadership in February 2012. The plan is based on an emerging national model—the portfolio strategy—that is showing promising results in other cities across the country. Key characteristics of this approach include: citywide choices and options for all families, school autonomy, student-based budgeting, external support, talent-seeking strategy, extensive public engagement, and performance-based accountability for all schools.
The Cleveland Plan details our city’s proposed transition from a traditional, single-source school district to a new performance-based system of district and charter schools that work in partnership to create dramatic student achievement gains for every child. It is built upon growing the number of excellent schools in Cleveland, regardless of provider, and giving these schools autonomy over staffing, time and budgets in exchange for high accountability for performance. The plan calls for tripling the number of Cleveland students enrolled in high-performing schools and eliminating failing schools by the end of the 2018-19 school year.
Funding for the Cleveland Transformation Alliance is provided by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Kent Smith Charitable Trust, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Char and Chuck Fowler Family Foundation, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, the United Black Fund, and RPM International, Inc.