Document highlights the guiding principles and preliminary guiding principles for the sub-committees of Philadelphia’s Renaissance School Advisory Board (RSAB). In 2009, the School District of Philadelphia established the RSAB of 60+ community leaders, education advocates, and district leaders to provide recommendations to the District on how to implement the Renaissance schools initiative. The advisory board sub-committees met weekly over an eight-week period to establish recommendations on three critical elements of the restart process: 1) turnaround provider recruitment and selection, 2) school identification, and 3) community engagement and communication. The sub-committees were led by the three co-chairs of the RSAB that were independent from the school district, but supported by district staff to help facilitate and document recommendations from the sub-committees.
Outcomes and Lessons Learned: By articulating a clear scope of work for the RSAB sub-committees, the district communicated clear expectations for the focus and purpose of the RSAB sub-committees, and provided critical guidance that helped sub-committees develop aligned and actionable recommendations.