660 AERA has announced that principal associate Michelle Renée and co-author Tina Trujillo have been selected as its 2014 Division L Policy Report (short) award winner for “Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning From Evidence.” The award, to be presented on April 4 at the Division L meeting and reception, recognizes an outstanding research report that contributes to the analysis, evaluation or critique of educational policy.

The report explores the democratic tensions inherent in the current federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) program’s market-based school reforms, particularly its school turnaround mandate that requires massive teacher and principal layoffs. They analyzed extensive bodies of research and found a consistent lack of success for turnaround mandates like those prescribed by the SIG program,and they build on this evidence in their analysis of the rapidly growing school turnaround literature and practice.

Note: The American Educational Research Association (AERA) is divided into 12 divisions, organized to represent major scholarly or scientific areas within education research.  Division L is focused on Education Policy & Politics.


National Education Policy Center (NEPC) paper: "Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning from Evidence" by Tina Trujillo, Michelle Renée, and Tara Kini (2012)

Annenberg Institute VUE article: "Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning from Evidence" by Michelle Renée and Tina Trujillo. Voices in Urban Education 36 (Winter/Spring 2013)