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The Academies receive only invitation in Ohio to attend Marzano High Reliability Schools™ Summit

DOWNTOWN AKRON — The Academies received Ohio’s only invitation to participate in the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ Summit, which will take place March 10-11 at the Marzano Research Laboratory facility in Denver, Colorado.
For the past several months, the Marzano Research Laboratory team has been planning the official launch event for the Marzano High Reliability Schools framework. As part of this process, the Marzano team has identified specific districts and school leaders to invite to its first ever High Reliability Schools Summit. 
Maggie Ford, chief academic officer at White Hat Management, said she is thrilled the Academies are the only educational leader in Ohio to be asked to participate in the summit. The Academies are tuition-free community schools in Ohio providing a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Currently, there are 15 Academies throughout Ohio — in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lakewood and Youngstown.

“This has been a great honor and a result of the hard work of the school level teams, who are committed to provide the best  possible program to the students we serve,” said Ford, who will be attending the summit.
Robert J. Marzano, Ph.D., is cofounder and CEO of the Marzano Research Laboratory. Throughout his decades in education, he has been a speaker, trainer and author of more than 30 books and 150 articles on topics such as instruction, assessment, writing and implementing standards, cognition, effective leadership and school intervention. His vision for K–12 education believes the vast majority of schools can be highly effective in promoting student learning. To show how, he created the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework. This framework, based on 40 years of educational research, defines five progressive levels of school performance that a school must master to become a Marzano High Reliability School™: a school where all students learn the content and skills they need for success in college, careers and beyond.

“I hope to continue the work that we started as we work collaboratively with other districts across the country to develop a system to support all learners and staff,” said Ford. “We embrace the lab’s formative and summative evaluation of our schools as we strive to achieve great results.”
The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework does not add a new initiative to school efforts. The Academies are already implementing a wide range of effective initiatives, and many educators are already practicing research-based strategies. The Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework does not replace professional learning communities, teacher evaluation and development, sound curriculum (including the Common Core state standards), vocabulary instruction, instruction in critical thinking and reasoning skills, formative assessment, standards-based grading and reporting systems, or student mastery systems.
Instead, the Marzano High Reliability Schools™ framework shows how best practices work together and provides indicators to empower districts and schools to measure their progress on attaining five increasing levels of reliability:
1. A safe and orderly environment that supports cooperation and collaboration.
2. An instructional framework that develops and maintains effective instruction in every classroom.
3. A guaranteed and viable curriculum focused on enhancing student learning.

4. Standards-referenced reporting of student progress.
5. A competency-based system that ensures student mastery of content.
Using the framework and indicators, districts and schools can drive permanent, positive, and significant impacts on student achievement by synthesizing multiple complex initiatives into one harmonious system.
“We have collaborated with the Marzano Lab for many years,” said Ford. “We are committed to the process.”
If you’re interested in learning more about White Hat Management and would like to interview Maggie Ford, Chief Academic Officer at White Hat Management, call 330-535-6868 or email
About the Academies:
The Academies are tuition-free community schools in Ohio providing a safe, disciplined and nurturing learning environment for students in kindergarten through eighth grades. Currently, there are 15 academies throughout Ohio — in Akron, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Lakewood and Youngstown. The Academies are a haven for parents caught between frustration with traditional public schools and the expense of private schools. When a child comes to The Academies, he or she enters a safe, clean, positive and caring environment built on respect. The Academies are committed to helping parents and children overcome obstacles so students can reach their full academic potential. For more information about The Academies, visit

About White Hat Management
White Hat Management contracts and assists nonprofit corporations that hold charters or see a need for a charter school in their community. White Hat Management operates 33 schools in three states under the auspices of two separate educational ventures. The Academies are tuition-free and are open to students in kindergarten through eighth grades throughout the state of Ohio. Life Skills are alternative education charter schools serving students between the ages of 16 and 21 in Ohio, Colorado and Arizona.
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