Tuesday, January 09, 2007

No lack of interest - just a lack of time and new material

I find myself slowing down here. We are engaged in more and more work with districts and states. Most of our senior staff are engaged in scholarly writing to get out the details of our approach. More and more, we are thinking of how we support analysis, evaluation, and decision support as an intervention. As such, we must focus on getting written product out through reviewed publications. This is the primary method for achieving economies of scale in our work.

We are also slogging through the hard work of scaling up ourselves. Aside from our work with two large urban districts, we are also beginning to help a number of districts using pay for performance schemes to reward teachers and leaders. The difficulty of attracting and hiring qualified staff for this esoteric work cannot be overestimated.