Schaffer worked with Say Yes to Education – an innovative, non-profit organization whose mission is to dramatically increase the college graduation rates of inner city youth through supporting the students’ academic, social, and emotional development.
Schaffer supported a series of school-based Rapid Results projects that resulted in significant achievements in accelerating academic performance (i.e., improved reading, writing and numeracy scores), talent and social emotional development and operational efficiencies – including closing a $50M budget deficit.
These results were accomplished by supporting a series of project teams to accelerate District-wide performance. Through intensive work with Say Yes’ leadership team and staff, Schaffer helped strengthen the capabilities of the interdisciplinary teams responsible for providing support and advocacy in each of the schools.
One school, for instance, selected a Rapid Results goal of improving 5th grade students’ ELA writing scores by 2 or more levels (according to the New York state 6th grade ELA writing rubric) within 75 days.
ELA writing scores improved markedly. Within 75 days:
Additional benefits noted by the team included:
Schaffer went on to help the City of Syracuse run a GE-style WorkOut to deliver universal health-care coverage to the thousands of school students who were uninsured. This involved coordinated efforts by the school district, government agencies, community-based organizations and religious institutions.
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