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Christine Campbell

Senior Fellow

Background

Christine Campbell is a senior fellow at CRPE.

Publications

Christine Campbell

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Whack-A-Mole: School Systems Respond to Disrupted Learning in 2021

Michael DeArmond, Paul Hill, Kate Destler, Christine Campbell

This report complements our latest fall 2021 survey research from the American School District Panel with in-depth interviews of leaders on the ground in five school systems.

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Thinking Forward: New Ideas for a New Era of Public Education

Robin Lake, Travis Pillow, Betheny Gross, Michael DeArmond, Christine Campbell

These essays rethink foundational aspects of the current education system and offer new ideas to shift the lens from schools to students. 

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The Uncertain Future of Teaching

Michael DeArmond, Christine Campbell, Paul Hill

This essay explores the need for new models that expand who works with students and differentiate teaching roles to a far greater degree.

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Are Washington Charter Public Schools Serving Students with Disabilities?

Sivan Tuchman, Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward

This brief presents data on how special education students in Washington state are being served in charter public schools, using a national and local context.

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Addressing Persistently Underperforming Schools: Evidence and Common Challenges

Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward, Ashley Jochim

This brief looks at five strategies city leaders use to improve underperforming schools and lists critical questions leaders should ask when choosing or assessing an improvement strategy.

  • The Lens    

Three Ways Charter Schools Can Make Sure They Recruit, Hire, and Retain the Teachers They Need

Dan Weisberg, Christine Campbell

Summer vacation may still be months away, but school leaders across the country are already gearing up to hire teachers for the next school year.

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Public School Choice, Any Way You Slice It

Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward

Our new report, Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?, finds a variety of public school choice available in cities—district-run magnet, innovation, and open-enrollment schools; charter schools overseen by multiple authorizers; and district-charter partnership schools.

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Stepping Up: How Are American Cities Delivering on the Promise of Public School Choice?

Christine Campbell, Georgia Heyward, Betheny Gross, Robin Lake

This analysis examines 18 cities offering public school choice to determine whether 1) their education systems are continuously improving, 2) all their students have equitable access to high-quality schools, and 3) their strategies are rooted in the community.

  • The Lens    

A Flexible “Third Way” Option: Partnership Schools on the Rise

Christine Campbell

Across the country, in Atlanta, Camden, Indianapolis and at least ten other cities, more schools are operating under a kind of partnership school model: a “third way” governance strategy that breaks through district-charter divides.

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Partnership Schools: New Governance Models for Creating Quality School Options in Districts

Sean Gill, Christine Campbell

This brief examines a promising new “third way” approach to school improvement and provides guidance for district and charter leaders and policymakers considering partnership schools.

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Are City Schools Becoming Monolithic? Analyzing the Diversity of Options in Denver, New Orleans, and Washington, D.C.

Betheny Gross, Shannon Murtagh, Christine Campbell

CRPE researchers discover distinct school differences in three cities and offer innovative, evidence-based solutions to help urban U.S. districts increase options so that families can find the right fit for their child.

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A Guide to Unifying Enrollment: The What, Why, and How for Those Considering It

Betheny Gross, Christine Campbell

This guide helps city education leaders understand the benefits and costs of a fully unified enrollment system and outlines the questions they should ask before initiating changes.

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Unifying Enrollment in Camden: How Families Experienced the New Enrollment System

Christine Campbell, Betheny Gross

This study explores families’ experiences choosing and enrolling in schools using the new Camden Enrollment, and provides recommendations for improvements to the system.

  • The Lens    

Principals Are Not at the Top of States’ Talent Agenda—But They Should Be

Christine Campbell

Teachers have been at the center of most states’ talent discussions to date. Although principals play a critical role in virtually all school-improvement reform efforts, most states lack a coherent school leadership strategy.

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Roots of Engagement in Baton Rouge

Christine Campbell

Too often, well-intended systemic school reform initiatives in this country have been largely top-down affairs. Typical community engagement in these efforts might include holding meetings with residents, community groups, and families to solicit buy-in for plans and changes already well underway.

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Roots of Engagement in Baton Rouge: How Community Is Shaping the Growth of New School Options

Christine Campbell

This case study looks at the community engagement efforts underway in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a diverse group of civic leaders are working to create high-quality new school options.

  • The Lens    

The Tough Realities of School Turnaround in Tennessee

Christine Campbell

Tennessee is breaking ground on how it addresses its lowest-performing schools by employing both district-led (iZone) and state-led (Achievement School District) turnaround efforts.

  • The Lens    

Measuring Up: How American Cities Are Shortchanging Black Students and What We Can Do About It

Christine Campbell

We recently published Measuring Up: Educational Improvement and Opportunity in 50 Cities, a report that provides a citywide assessment of the changing and complex public school landscape in the U.S., where multiple agencies oversee public schools and enrollments are spread across a variety of school types.

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Do Charters Cause Portfolio or Does Portfolio Cause Charters? Chickens and Eggs Revisited

Christine Campbell

Last week, Neerav Kingsland made an important argument in his blog about charter market share and cities adopting the portfolio strategy.

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Front-Runners and Dark Horses: How Districts Are Faring on Portfolio Strategy Implementation

Christine Campbell, Jordan Posamentier

Every spring for the past three years, CRPE has reviewed how school systems implementing the portfolio strategy are faring. Through phone interviews with key contacts in these districts—sometimes the superintendent, sometimes a cabinet member—we look at each of the strategy’s key components, catalog work underway in each area, and score results based on a rubric.

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Black Education Leaders on Why Reformers Need an Attitude Adjustment

Christine Campbell

We recently invited Kenneth L. Campbell, Founding Board Member of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO), Tonya Allen, President and CEO of the Skillman Foundation in Detroit, and Raymond A.

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What We’re Missing on Community Engagement

Christine Campbell

To wrap up our 2-day Portfolio Network Meeting in January, a meeting focused on good educational options and choices for all families, we asked Raymond Jetson to address these questions: “Why is community engagement not working?

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What We Mean When We Talk About School Choice

Christine Campbell

Earlier this month, CRPE brought together 180 district and charter leaders from 30 cities around the country in Memphis for a meeting on school choice: “Good Options and Choices for All Families” was the theme, and is a major component of the portfolio strategy.

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Washington State Can’t Waive Need for Strong School Principals

Christine Campbell

Washington has become a national curiosity as the first state to have its No Child Left Behind waiver revoked. Last week Washington State was forced to announce that more than 400 schools haven’t met their progress goals for five years straight.

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How To Improve Annual School District Report Cards

Christine Campbell

In this video blog, Christine Campbell looks at typical annual school district report cards and explains how districts could make information more meaningful for families and provide better evidence to inform community decision-making.

  • Research Reports    

School Leadership in Washington State: Today’s Leaders and Key Challenges They Face

Christine Campbell, Michael DeArmond, Patrick Denice

This brief discusses the ever-increasing importance of Washington State’s school principals and provides descriptive analyses of the principal workforce that uncovers opportunities for improvement.

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How the Portfolio Strategy Evolved from Idea to Action

Christine Campbell

In 2003, Paul Hill and I, along with James Harvey, wrote a book called It Takes a City. The book was written for mayors, civic leaders, school board members, and involved citizens, as a practical guide on how to formulate a reform plan bold enough to work while dealing with political opposition to change.

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Missing Out on Strong School Leaders? A Survey of Principal Hiring and Support in Washington State

Michael DeArmond, Patrick Denice, Christine Campbell

This report explores how Washington State school districts hire and support its principals. A 2013 survey of Washington superintendents and principals highlights areas of concern but also reasons for optimism.

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In-Depth Portfolio Assessment: Shelby County Schools, Memphis, TN

Christine Campbell

This report on the newly merged Shelby County Schools’ (TN) provides an assessment of where the district stands in relation to the portfolio strategy’s 7 components.

  • The Lens    

Buried Treasure: An Impossible Job? The View From the Urban Superintendent’s Chair

Christine Campbell

Over a decade ago, CRPE conducted a set of leadership studies funded by the Wallace Foundation’s Leaders Count Initiative. Of all the reports we produced, perhaps the most interesting was on the urban superintendency.

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