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Power of the Plan: Family influence helps Cleveland Children into Kindergarten

Story and photos by Justin Glanville      For kids starting kindergarten, readiness is key to future success The last time Dawn Syroney had a kid entering kindergarten, it was 21 years ago. Back then, she says, she didn’t think much about what skills or knowledge her son needed to start school. “I thought those […]

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Transformation Alliance recommendation regarding S.M.A.R.T. Academy

On March 12, 2018, the Transformation Alliance Board of Directors approved a letter of concern to the Ohio Department of Education regarding the opening of S.M.A.R.T. Academy, a new charter school proposed to open in Cleveland for the 2018-19 school year. Transformation Alliance Letter regarding SMART Academy

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Power of the Plan: Opening new schools: Nerves, intense focus, followed by a group hug

Opening new schools to serve Cleveland’s diverse population of students is a central component of Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools, the comprehensive plan to reinvent public education in our city. The idea is that a variety of schools, taking different approaches, can better serve the diverse needs of today’s students than the one-size-fits-all approach of the past.

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TRANSFORMATION ALLIANCE REVIEW OF St. Aloysius Orphanage AS A SPONSOR OF CHARTER SCHOOLS

On August 7, 2017, the Board of Directors of the Cleveland Transformation Alliance voted to recommend to the Ohio Department of Education that St. Aloysius Orphanage not be authorized to continue to sponsor charter schools in Cleveland. Our role is described in Cleveland’s Plan for Transforming Schools and codified in law through H.B. 525, passed by the […]

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Power of the Plan: For refugee and immigrant students, Academy offers ‘the chance for a new life’

Jennifer Rhone walks the hallway of Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy, where she’s one of two assistant principals, and gives a tall, dark-haired boy a wave. “I’d adopt him if I could,” she confides, out of earshot. “He’s so smart and kind, but he’s struggled since he got to the U.S. He had a really difficult childhood…”