Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) is the 16th largest school district in the country. Long seen as a wealthy enclave, the county was becoming increasingly urbanized in 1999. Broad Acres Elementary School, located in a racially diverse neighborhood in the county's southeastern corner, epitomized the challenges facing MCPS.
Hillsborough County Public Schools (HCPS), the eighth-largest school system in the country, received a $100 million Gates Foundation Empowering Effective Teachers Grant in 2009. This grant recognized and enhanced the long history of collaboration and pay-for-performance programs in HCPS.
In their 2009-2011 Master Agreement , Helena Public Schools and the Helena Education Association set forth to "embrace a problem-solving approach that will encompass a shared decision-making process fostering trust and respect." Superintendent Bruce Messinger describes it as a unique situation of "labor, management, and community working together in consensus and collaboration."
Green Dot Public Schools is a fast-growing charter management organization specializing in turning around under-performing schools. It was founded in 1999 as a response to the education crisis unfolding in Los Angeles. While largely supported by local, state, and federal funds, Green Dot has also relied on philanthropic funding to build up its school facilities and infrastructure.
Douglas County School District (DCSD) is the third-largest school district in Colorado, serving more than 60,000 students. The DCSD partnership with the Douglas County Federation (DCF) of teachers and classified employees is an outstanding example of labor-management collaboration and innovation that dates back two decades.
As the host city and district for this conference , Denver has a legacy of improving student outcomes through collaboration between the Denver Public Schools (DPS) and the Denver Classroom Teachers Association (DCTA).
Baltimore City Public Schools (City Schools) is the fourth-largest school district in Maryland. In 2010, culminating recent successes, City Schools received the Award for Urban School Board Excellence from the Council of Urban Boards of Education.
ABC Unified School District serves students in the southeast edge of Los Angeles County. The students come from both affluent and middle-class neighborhoods, as well as high-poverty areas. The district has seen excellent success and has earned multiple national and state awards.