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"Without an improvement coach, schools all too often abandon their turnaround plans. Deep implementation requires frequent feedback, measurement, and lots of encouragement to make the plan permanent. We appraise, observe, measure, and follow up using data to help schools transform. By engaging in weekly coaching, our schools maintain continuous progress amidst the many messy details within turnaround work."

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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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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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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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"I came to Cicero straight out of undergrad. I had spent quite a bit of time getting to know consulting firms and preparing for case interviews. Cicero was the right pick for me because it balanced the top-tier performance of consulting with family life. Cicero’s process of feedback during the interview process helped my decision too. Mid-interview they told me what I had done right and wrong. I’ve been able to significantly accelerate my personal growth because of that feedback culture.'

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"Data has quickly become one of the most important aspects of achieving a competitive advantage in business. Creating a business where data are leveraged to create real value is the ultimate goal. A “data-driven business” is one where data is a basic requirement for business, a value-generator rather than a cost line item of the balance sheet. This is more challenging than it seems, but it can be done. We’ve identified “5 Pillars of a Data-driven Business” that serve as a framework for creating real value from business data."

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"In creating these comprehensive plans, it is essential that states explicitly prioritize the most effective evidence-based models identified by educational research. Otherwise, they risk reverting to the weakly-supported strategies that experience has shown to be ineffective."

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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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"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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"The Olympics are one of the most televised and watched events: according to The Nielsen Company, 4.7 billion viewers (over two-thirds of the world’s population) watched the 2008 Beijing Games. The trend continued as the 2012 London Games “became the most-watched event in U.S. television history.” From a live TV viewership, the 2016 Rio Games seriously underperformed preceding Olympics, with overall TV viewership during the first 9 nights down 15.5% from 2012!

Taken alone, these measures should be alarming. However, these reductions do not mean that Americans are suddenly . . . ."
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