Expanding the Reach of Education Reforms

What Have We Learned About Scaling Up Educational Interventions?

by Thomas K. Glennan, Jr., Susan J. Bodilly, Jolene Galegher, Kerri A. Kerr

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The process of developing and scaling up education reforms is iterative and complex, requiring cooperative interactions among program developers, policymakers, and school authorities. Successful scale-up efforts have four properties: widespread implementation, deep changes in classroom practices, sustainability, and a sense of ownership of new practices and policies among teachers and school leaders. Reform efforts must take into account a set of eight core tasks: developing and providing support for implementation, ensuring high-quality implementation at each school site, evaluating and improving the intervention, obtaining financial support, building organizational capacity, marketing, adapting to local contexts, and sustaining the reform over time.

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