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National Teleconference:
Turning Around Low-Performing Schools:
How Can Education Funders Make a Difference?

June 24, 2010

According to U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, "Turning around our worst performing schools is difficult for everyone but it is critical that we show the courage to do the right thing by kids." What role can education funders play in the school turnaround effort — today and for the long-term? What are some promising practices? What are the key challenges and opportunities for funders in this area?

This interactive teleconference features some concrete examples from two foundations who are working to turn around low-performing schools on the state and multi-state levels, including how they are engaging community leaders in these efforts. You'll also hear the latest news and guidelines from the U.S. Department of Education on the School Improvement Grants (SIG) and how funders might support school turnarounds working with states and local school districts.


  • Michele Cahill, Vice President, National Program, and Program Director, Urban Education, Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Paul Herdman, President and CEO, Rodel Foundation of Delaware
  • Judy Wurtzel, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Office of Planning, Evaluation and Policy Development, U.S. Department of Education.

This program will be facilitated by An-Me Chung, Program Officer, C.S. Mott Foundation.

Following the presentations, we will have a Q & A session where other grantmakers can call in with questions, comments, and examples of some of the work they are doing on school turnarounds.

This teleconference is presented through support from the C. S. Mott Foundation and in cooperation with the Council on Foundations, Grantmakers for Education, the Forum of Regional Associations of Grantmakers, and the Philanthropy Roundtable.

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Total running time: 59 minutes, 24 seconds

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