Renaissance’s senior staff present at professional conferences on issues related to school turnaround, academic instruction, board governance, working with SMOs (School Management Organizations), and SMO finance. Richard O’Neill, Renaissance’s president, is widely considered an expert on school finance and school turnaround. Lin Gordon is an expert in teaching reading.

  Recent Presentations Include:

National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Annual Conference, October, 2010, School Turnarounds: Strategy or Fantasy?

National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Annual Conference, October, 2010, Understanding the Differences: What Authorizers and Management Organizations Wish the Other Would Do

Beijing University of Business and Technology, October, 2010, Maximizing the Reading and Writing Effectiveness of University Students: A Perspective From Reading Research

National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, National Charter School Conference, June, 2010, Helping Boards Understand Their Responsibilities & Work Successfully with Education Service Providers

New Jersey Public Charter Schools Association, Annual Conference, March, 2010, Turning Around a Failing Charter School

Princeton University, Students for Education Reform, February, 2010, Overview of School Management Organizations and Opportunities for Recent Graduates

National Association of Charter School Authorizers, Annual Conference, October, 2009, Working with School Management Organizations

"We found the report filled with useful information. Our board has asked me to re-review the report and identify the most critical benchmarks our organization should be measuring itself against."Ron Manderschied, Vice-Chair of the Board, Noble Network of Charter Schools, Chicago
"This was a really tricky task and I applaud the work that was done. The report has opened up our thinking by asking 'Where do other organizations place some of these responsibilities? What would it look like if we moved certain things from one place to another? I was skeptical that you could do a valid comparison, and I am very impressed with fact that you did. In sum, the report is pretty expansive and comprehensive."Kay McElrath, Chief Financial Officer, High Tech High, San Diego
"The report was very well structured and captured in detail the operations of our organization and the key drivers of cost. It would become an even more powerful benchmarking tool if more organizations joined the study so we could have a more representative sample of organizations to compare ourselves from each State."Marco Petruzzi, President and Chief Operating Officer, Green Dot Public Schools, Los Angeles
"The results of this study make clear that the division between not-for-profit and for-profit management organizations is a canard. Superintendents, school boards, and mayors looking to engage outside partners to move their schools forward need to read this study before acting."Margaret Harrington, Chief Operating Officer, Victory Schools, New York