Developing the Blueprint
In summer and fall 2016, City Schools CEO Sonja Brookins Santelises met with hundreds of students, families, staff members, and community stakeholders across Baltimore to learn their ideas on how to improve outcomes for our students and schools.
She heard some common themes that led to identifying the three focus areas of City Schools’ blueprint:
In winter and spring 2017, Dr. Santelises charged a work group of district and school leaders and community partners with exploring national and international research on best practices in the three areas. Their job was to create a strategic, evidence-based guide to what students will be taught, how they will be taught, and how to improve the environments in which they are taught, with markers along the way to ensure we are moving in the right direction.
Work group members studied characteristics of high-performing education systems around the world and interviewed national experts in the respective focus areas. Recommendations were then tested with focus groups of teachers, principals, district staff members, and members of the Board of School Commissioners, before Building a Generation: City Schools' Blueprint for Success was produced.