In part because Dr. Gregory Thornton is the Chief Academic Officer, and not the Superintendent in Philadelphia, I'm not finding much on the web about his work.
The The Philadelphia SchoolStat Model seems to be a major focus of Dr. Thornton's work in Philadelphia, along with Building the School of the Future with Microsoft. He is also an enthusiastic supporter of the IBM K-12 Education Data Warehouse (IBM School District of Philadelphia improves performance with data ...). Dr. Thornton presented one of two opening sessions at 2006 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Summit, and presented a data showcase session called "Strategic Use of Data for Improvement in the School District of Philadelphia."
By contrast, there is plenty of information online about Dr. Thornton's boss, CEO (not superintendent) Paul Vallas. Below are some interesting articles about him, his work, and the politics of public schools in Philadelphia.
- Should the School Reform Commission Fire Paul Vallas?
- the impatience of paul vallas
- Alliance for Excellent Education
- The Philadelphia Story
- Has the Philadelphia Experiment Failed?