Annenberg Institute for School Reform

January 16, 2002

Who are they?

The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University is an organization that promotes comprehensive and quality school reform. The Institute strives to meet the new educational challenges of public education. To that end, the Institute develops, shares and acts on knowledge that improves the conditions and outcomes of schooling in America, especially in urban communities and in schools serving disadvantaged children. This effort forwards Ambassador Walter H. Annenberg’s vision of a public education system comprising innovative, high-quality schools that enrich the lives of children, families and communities.

Program highlight

National Task Force on the Future of Urban Districts

With support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Ford Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, the Annenberg Institute has created the National Task Force to tackle the challenge of developing alternative designs for supporting networks or communities of high-performing schools more effectively. Visit their Web site to see the Framework for Action that is guiding this two-year initiative.

What else do they do?

Rethinking Accountability

Evaluation and assessment practices aimed at continuous improvement in schools and classrooms.

Educational Leadership

Developing and supporting educational leadership (teacher, principal, superintendent, community) with the vision and expertise needed to transform schooling.

Community-Centered School Reform

Expanding research on, and models of, comprehensive school reform designs, including curriculum, that advance performance for disadvantaged students at the middle and high school levels. One of the goals of these designs is to build stronger connections between schools and community resources in ways that support successful learning for all students.

The Annenberg Challenge

Coordinating and evaluating work at the 18 local sites that comprise the national Annenberg Challenge.

How do they communicate?

The Annenberg Institute is the source and subject of many tools, articles, essays and reports - most of which can be found on their Web site - including:

  • The Challenge Journal (commentary and articles)
  • Inside the Challenge (newsletter on Challenge programs)
  • Tools for Accountability

    A six-part toolkit of practical methods for collecting and using data in a school improvement program, featuring a variety of school-tested "tools."
  • "Looking the Gift Horses in the Mouth"
    by Charles T. Kerchner (EdWeek, April 18, 2001)

    This article looks at long-term effects of the Annenberg Challenge on education reform, asking "what kind of an educational reform infrastructure did the project leave behind?," with a focus on LAAMP.
  • Just Waiting To Be Asked? A Fresh Look at Attitudes on Public Engagement (March 2001)

    New national survey by Public Agenda, funded in part by the Annenberg Institute.
  • School Reform: Plans should include urban school districts by Warren Simmons and Marla Ucelli (Brown University News Service, February 2001)

For additional information about the Annenberg Institute for School Reform, please visit their Web site at

Warren Simmons, Executive Director

Michael Grady, Deputy Director

Soterios Zoulas, Communications Director

Annenberg Institute for School Reform

Brown University, Box 1985

Providence, RI 02912

Tel: 401.863.7990