That's AUSL's Jennifer Husbands, Gage High School's Xian Barrett, me, CTU's Jesse Sharkey, and CPS's Don Fraynd just before our Education Writers Association panel on the CPS experience with school turnaround efforts. I'd emailed with but never met any of them before, and it seemed like they might not have met face to face (or at least under such pleasant circumstances) either. One of the most interesting parts for me was an exchange between Husbands and Sharkey in which Sharkey raised the issue of unfair resources being given to turnaround schools and Husbands pointed out that resources among CPS schools are already wildly uneven thanks to the single salary schedule (schools hire and keep teachers regardless of actual salary costs). Another issue that came up and was new and interesting to me was the use of MOUs between unions and districts for schools going through turnarounds in other parts of the country (but not so far in CPS). Last but not least, it was helpful for me to be reminded that while closures and turnarounds get all the attention there are in fact several "transformations" going on in CPS, in which teachers and principals stay put but get additional resources and PD. Read more about the daylong conference at #ewasig or scan the tweets here. I'll see if I can get the panelists to weigh in or dig up a recording of the session.