The recently published book “Renewal: Remaking America’s Schools for the 21st Century” references the Long Beach Unified School District more than 30 times for its exemplary practices.
“All highly successful districts are, in their own ways, ‘no excuses’ districts,” wrote author Harold Kwalwasser, former general counsel for the Los Angeles Unified School District, who studied 40 high-performing and/or “transforming” school districts throughout the nation to understand their best practices.
“Long Beach, Brownsville and Aldine have simply made it their mission that every child will learn,” Kwalwasser stated. “It is now an accepted part of the belief system.”
The book highlights Long Beach’s professional development for teachers, curriculum, community partnerships, parent involvement and school choice program.
Kwalwasser praised LBUSD’s efficiency, noting that Long Beach students achieve better academically than students in other school systems that spend significantly more per pupil, and he described a culture of trust and mutual respect here.
“Much of the decision making has been pushed out to the schools. Teachers and principals are counted on to develop new strategies,” Kwalwasser stated. “The central office sees itself as supporting them, rather than the other way around. That reflects trust. Teachers reciprocate.”
The book is available for purchase from several online booksellers.