Changing School District Practices

Ben Levin, Amanda Datnow, and Nathalie Carrier

School districts function as governing bodies, but also as supporters of change and advocates of equity. Implementing student-centered changes to pedagogy, culture, and more can help districts accomplish these objectives. This report, part of the Students at the Center series, details the state of student-centered learning in the United States, how and why districts are important in improving student success, and what they can do to foster student-centered practices.

The district is a key institutional actor in educational reform, providing instructional leadership, reorienting the organization, establishing policy coherence, and maintaining an equity focus.