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"Our recommendation? Do less! Consistently, we at Ed Direction have observed that a narrow focus on Evidence-Based Instructional Strategies returns the greatest improvement in student outcomes. Teachers who work to implement a single but high-yielding instructional strategy with fidelity have a greater impact on outcomes than those who attempt to implement multiple strategies simultaneously. In this case, less is literally more."
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"I remember the exact language that sold me on Cicero; it came from Randy Shumway, Cicero’s CEO. 'If you work here, your first 12 months will be the hardest you have ever worked in your life. There will be late nights, missed events, and plenty of stress. However, if you stick with it, you will have more experience and professional growth in your first year than your peers receive in three years.' It has been five years since that meeting and Cicero held true to every word. In fact, I continue to use this same pitch when interviewing potential candidates today."
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My colleague Dr. Trent Kaufman of Ed Direction will be hosting a Facebook Live discussion tomorrow (Friday) about education leadership. Come join the discussion!

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School leaders who want to improve student performance can tap into a combination of these elements. In this paper—the fifth installment in our School Turnaround Model Series—we explain the impact of parental engagement, especially in turnaround schools, and then identify three actions that leaders can take to improve engagement levels in their schools: 1) training teachers, 2) empowering parents, and 3) fostering community.
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In our experience with hundreds of organizations working in dozens of sectors around the globe, too many funders, investors, and practitioners take it as an article of faith that their efforts for good will work. But good intentions are not enough; passionate efforts don’t always equal impact. The problem is that this pivotal fact usually goes unnoticed.

In contrast, those who generate significant positive impact, whether through traditional or innovative means, typically take a more “scientific” approach to social impact.
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Business and data analytics are beginning to play a profound role in social impact efforts, including surrounding the issue of homelessness.

This article is the first in a series exploring data’s pivotal role in current national and local efforts to help the homeless.
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"Before joining Cicero, I was part of Teach For America’s 2014 corps and taught 6th grade in the Bronx. I had a great experience teaching and loved living in New York. I had also known for a while that I wanted to branch out into business, and consulting seemed like the best avenue to do that. I found Cicero and discovered it was a perfect fit—I’ve even been privileged to work with the firm’s education practice (Ed Direction), which has allowed me to stay in touch with my education roots."
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We are excited to be in our new space--a big thank you to all who came to help us celebrate!
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The article, titled “Mission Possible,” was focus on the measurement of policy and advocacy work, which are notoriously some of the most difficult nonprofit actions to quantify.
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For the past few years I had been doing business development for American Express in New York City. I loved New York City, and American Express is an excellent company, but I was interested in joining a growing company. In addition, I wanted to work on a variety of interesting and important problems and leverage the relationship management skills I developed over a number of years working with clients and partners. In the end, Cicero Group seemed to offer everything I was looking for so I made the big move to Salt Lake City.
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