Our Mission

Transforming Schools Toward Educational Equity

The Cleveland Transformation Alliance (CTA) is a trusted community partner working to ensure every student is engaged in a high-quality, equitable education. The CTA gives families and students the information they need to commit to their best-fit public school.

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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 will work with the CMSD and partnering charter schools to adopt a quality framework to consistently evaluate the performance of all public schools in Cleveland. This framework will be evidence-based, comprehensive and look objectively at academic, financial and operational performance, as well as student, parent and teacher satisfaction. All public district and charter schools in Cleveland will be annually assessed using this framework. Once collected and analyzed, the Alliance will work with the state to ensure that all schools are held accountable for performance, and recommend speedy closure as necessary.

2

We Communicate

Communicate to families about quality school options in Cleveland. The Alliance will be responsible for communication with the public (in particular students and their families) about the quality of public schools in Cleveland. The Alliance will produce an annual report summarizing the results of the school quality reviews and will mount an aggressive marketing campaign during open enrollment to provide students and families with the information they need to make good educational choices.

3

We Ensure

Ensure fidelity to the citywide education plan – The Cleveland Plan. The Alliance will ensure that all components of the plan are implemented based on an agreed upon timeline and measures of success. In particular, the Alliance will work with the CMSD and partnering charter schools to develop a multi-year plan to ensure that Cleveland is developing a diverse set of educational options for students and families across the city. The Alliance will have a particular focus on bringing the best national education models to Cleveland and spurring models unique to our city with local community partners. The Alliance will also develop venues for the community and institutions to have a voice in the development of new schools. The Alliance will monitor and ensure faithful execution of the plan for the benefit of all of Cleveland’s children. Should conflicts arise among any of the Alliance partners, the Alliance will serve as the mediator and provide written recommendations to be considered by the parties in the resolution of these conflicts.

4

We Monitor

Monitor the quality of all district and charter schools in Cleveland. Currently, Cleveland has no ability to influence the quality of charter schools that open within city limits nor whether failing schools close. As a first step, the Alliance will promote standards developed by the National Association of Charter School Authorizers as it relates to the authorization of new charter schools and timely closure of failing charters. In order to open a charter school in the City of Cleveland, the Alliance will request that the state require “sign off” by the Alliance in addition to sponsorship by an authorized entity as currently defined in state law. To ensure fairness and transparency, an appeals process to the Ohio Department of Education will be defined should the Alliance deny approval to a charter school that meets the defined standards.

About Cleveland Transformation Alliance

The Transformation Alliance Work Roles

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

Meghann Marnecheck

Executive Director

Before joining CTA, Marnecheck worked as a policy advocate at the Ohio Statehouse. She also served as the Chief of Staff for the City of Parma from 2005 to 2010. Marnecheck also served as Assistant Director of Development at Cuyahoga County Public Library, where she led the diversification and attraction of new funds into the Cuyahoga County Public Library system. Marnecheck earned a master’s degree in public administration from Ohio University.

As Executive Director of CTA, Marnecheck works with Cleveland’s Mayor and their Chief of Education, CTA’s Board of Directors, and community partners to lead the organization to sustainability and sound partnerships. She advances efforts to ensure that every child in Cleveland attends a quality school and every neighborhood has great schools from which families can choose.

Khadijah Fair

Family Engagement Manager

After spending six years building relationships with Cleveland families, schools, and community partners as a Student and Family Recruiter for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Khadijah Fair is expanding her leadership and advocacy skills as Family Engagement Manager with Cleveland Transformation Alliance (CTA).

In this role, Fair oversees the school quality navigator program, the ambassador program, and community partnerships to advance CTA’s commitment to improved access and equity in education for Cleveland students. Fair is also a published children’s book author (Oh Khalil and the Color Block Bandit) and a Glenville High School and Notre Dame College graduate.

The Board of Directors

Mayor Justin M. Bibb 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 seven times a year at the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority headquarters at 8120 Kinsman Road in Cleveland. Meeting dates and details can be found in our events feed.

Honorable Chair Justin M. Bibb

Mayor, City of Cleveland and Board Chair

Kurt Aey

Director of Community Schools, ESC of Lake Erie West

Dr. Tachelle Banks

Associate Chief Diversity Officer, Cleveland State University

Mark Baumgartner

Director of Professional Issues, Cleveland Teachers Union

Dr. Radiah Blanton

Chief of Staff, Cuyahoga Community College

Quenton Davis

President, Cleveland Council of Administrators and Supervisors

Erin Deimling

Client and Community Relations Director, PNC

Diane Downing

Executive Director, Say Yes to Education Cleveland

Danielle Eisenberg

Acting CEO, Breakthrough Public Schools

Sara Elaqad

Chair, Cleveland Board of Education

Lee Friedman

CEO, College Now Greater Cleveland

Richard M. Gibson

Pastor, Elizabeth Baptist Church

Leah Hudnall

Vice Chair, Cleveland Board of Education

Sharon Sobol Jordan

President and CEO, United Way of Greater Cleveland

Dr. Ethan Karp

President and CEO, MAGNET

Katie Kelly

Executive Director, PRE4CLE

Brooke King

Executive Director, The Intergenerational Schools

Stephanie Klupinski

Attorney

Maggie McGrath

Executive Director, Higher Education Compact of Greater Cleveland

Dr. Warren Morgan

CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Ann Mullin

Executive Vice President, The George Gund Foundation

Jeffery Patterson

CEO, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Michele Pomerantz

Chief Education Officer, City of Cleveland and Board Vice Chair

Erin Randel

Parent

Denyelle Rashid

Parent

Dr. José Reyes

Pastor, Nueva Vida Church

Victor A. Ruiz

Executive Director, Esperanza, Inc.

Autumn Russell

President & CEO, Greater Cleveland Career Consortium

Dr. Michael Schoop

Senior Vice President for Talent, Greater Cleveland Partnership

Holly Trifiro

Owner, ReinventED Consulting

Jeremiah Triplett

Parent

Dr. Helen Williams

Program Director for Education, Cleveland Foundation

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