Who We Are

Our Mission

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

Grow the number of high-performing district and charter schools in Cleveland and close and replace failing schools.
Create the Cleveland Transformation Alliance to ensure accountability for all public schools in the city.
Focus CMSD’s central office on key support and governance roles and transfer authority and resources to schools.
Invest and phase in high-leverage system reforms across all schools from preschool to college and career.

The Transformation Alliance Work Roles

Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools outlines four work roles for the Transformation Alliance:

  1. We Assess

    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.

  2. We Communicate

    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.

  3. We Ensure

    Ensure fidelity to the citywide education plan – The Cleveland Plan .
    Assess and report on the impact and implementation of the Cleveland Plan.

  4. We Monitor

    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.

The Staff

 

Deborah Rutledge

Interim Executive Director
Email
216.592.2425

 

Catherine Smith

Program Manager
Email
216.592.2425

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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.

 

Honorable Frank G. Jackson, Chair
Mayor, City of Cleveland

Dr. Monyka S. Price, Vice Chair
Chief of Education, City of Cleveland

Mark Baumgartner
Director of Professional Issues, Cleveland Teachers Union

Anne Bingham
Chair, Cleveland Board of Education

Diane Downing
Executive Director, Say Yes to Education Cleveland

Lee Friedman
Chief Executive Officer, College Now Greater Cleveland

Richard M. Gibson
Pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church

Eric Gordon
Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Robert Heard
Vice Chair, Cleveland Board of Education

Philip Hewitt
Youth Development Manager, St. Clair Superior Development Corporation

Sharon Sobol Jordan
CEO, The Unify Project

Brooke King
Executive Director, The Intergenerational Schools

Stephanie Klupinski
Vice President, Legal Affairs, Buckeye Community Hope Foundation

Shana Marbury
General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Education & Workforce, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Ann Mullin
Senior Program Officer, George Gund Foundation

Jeffery Patterson
Chief Executive Officer, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

August A. Napoli
President and Chief Executive Officer, United Way of Greater Cleveland

Kevin Payton
President, Cleveland Council of Administrators and Supervisors

Erin Randel
Parent

José Reyes
Pastor, Nueva Vida Church

Alan Rosskamm
Chief Executive Officer, Breakthrough Schools

Victor A. Ruiz
Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.

Deborah Rutledge*
Chief Operating Officer, Rutledge Group, Inc.

Turkessa Tenney
Parent

Dr. Helen Williams
Program Director for Education, Cleveland Foundation

Dr. Sajit Zachariah
Dean, College of Education and Human Services, Cleveland State University

Our History

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.

Funding for the Cleveland Transformation Alliance is provided by the Cleveland Foundation, the George Gund Foundation, the Kent Smith Charitable Trust, the Greater Cleveland Partnership, the United Way of Greater Cleveland, the Sisters of Charity Foundation, the Lubrizol Foundation, RPM International, Inc., and the Dominion Foundation.