Annenberg's Renée earns AERA award

Michelle Renée, principal associate at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and assistant clinical professor in the Urban Education Policy master’s degree program, will receive the 2014 Division L Policy Report Award from the American Educational Research Association (AERA). The award, which recognizes an outstanding research report that contributes to the analysis, evaluation or critique of educational policy, will be presented to Renée for a report she co-authored with Tina Trujillo, an assistant professor at the University of California–Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education, titled “Democratic School Turnarounds: Pursuing Equity and Learning From Evidence.” The award will be presented to Renée and Trujillo April 4 at the Division L meeting in Philadelphia. 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. The report found a consistent lack of success for turnaround mandates like those prescribed by the SIG program.