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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

"Nice job on this report. You really have gotten to a level of specificity in here that we haven't seen elsewhere. And interesting findings – especially the inferences you draw from linking inputs to outputs. (For example, that the four highest spenders on HR are among the "success cohort" in terms of student outcomes. That's as interesting to me as the other finding about SMOs that spent higher percentages on administration, generally, producing good outcomes.)"Andy Calkins, Senior Vice President, Mass Insight Education & Research Institute, Boston
"Renaissance School Services has produced a highly valuable analysis of the economics of both for-profit and non-profit school management organizations."Thomas Toch, co-director, Education Sector, Washington
"I read it with rapt attention. We're in our budget process now and this report will help us answer questions like: How do we make resource allocation decisions? Are these costs reasonable? What can we learn from others who are delivering results, yet more efficiently? It has been very helpful internally to measure and benchmark our central office expense. As we reflect on how we're structured and our economic drivers, this is helpful."Tom Torkelson, CEO, IDEA Public Schools, Texas
"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