Signal the need for dramatic change with improved leadership.

Schools should make a clear commitment to dramatic departures from the status quo, and the leader should signal the magnitude and urgency of that needed change. A low-performing school that fails to make adequate yearly progress must improve within a short timeframe; it does not have the luxury of years to implement incremental reforms.

A change in leadership practices, either with a new principal knowledgeable about turnaround strategies or with turnaround training for a continuing principal, shows that the school will be setting a new direction for improvement. Installing a new principal with turnaround experience or training can immediately signal change. If a change in leadership does not take place, the existing principal may signal change by substantially reforming existing leadership practices. The principal sends the message that everyone, including administrators, needs to change the daily school operations and the way instruction is delivered.

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Staff Meeting Agendas

School staff use this sample agenda for bi-monthly staff meetings. The agenda provides a guide for principals to organize staff meetings and to provide time for teacher teams to work together...

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04/14/2014
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Building Relationships With Parents

Building Relationships With Parents

A new principal describes changes she made to build stronger relationships with the parents and the community. She tailored meeting structures and communication processes to encourage parental...

School Example
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04/14/2014
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Districts and Schools Working Together to Achieve Results

Districts and Schools Working Together to Achieve Results

Regional support systems help schools and districts improve instruction through analyzing the use of time, quality of lessons, student engagement, and teacher behavior. Watch this video to see how...

School Example
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04/14/2014
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Five Pillars That Guide Change

Five Pillars That Guide Change

Turnaround schools often follow a core set of principles that target immediate areas of change. A high school principal describes the core principles that guided this school improvement process,...

School Example
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04/14/2014
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Description of Turnaround With New Leadership

This document describes the school turnaround process for Dodge Renaissance Academy. The principals removed obstacles to success and made dramatic improvements such as developing a disciplined...

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04/14/2014
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Leadership Performance Standards Matrix

This matrix is used to assess the readiness of aspiring principals. Candidates are ranked as meeting, progressing toward, or not meeting standards across a range of 12 dimensions, from personal...

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04/14/2014
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Cultivating the Ability to Lead (Part 2)

Cultivating the Ability to Lead (Part 2)

Listen to the vice president of the NYC Leadership Academy's Principal Preparation Program describe the structure of the 14-month program. She explains how the introductory summer intensive,...

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04/14/2014
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Cultivating the Ability to Lead (Part 1)

Cultivating the Ability to Lead (Part 1)

Listen to the vice president of the NYC Leadership Academy's Principal Preparation Program describe how they select potential leaders to participate in the program. She enumerates important...

School Example
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04/14/2014
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Building Turnaround Principals' Knowledge and Skills

Building Turnaround Principals' Knowledge and Skills

Two district leaders in Chicago Public Schools describe efforts to develop a strong cadre of school principals that have the skills to turn around the district's lowest-performing schools. This...

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04/14/2014
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Establishing a Climate for Learning`

Establishing a Climate for Learning`

A new principal signals change and establishes a climate for learning. She implemented character education, hallway decorum, and interventions for struggling students. Teachers received...

School Example
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04/14/2014
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Moving Turnaround Efforts Forward

Moving Turnaround Efforts Forward

Two new elementary school principals discuss continuing and improving upon programs already in place in their schools. They describe their decision-making processes about curriculum, communication,...

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04/14/2014
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Supporting and Developing Turnaround Leaders

Supporting and Developing Turnaround Leaders

Dr. Hassel discusses the challenges encountered by new and continuing school principals and the role of district leadership in supporting principals of turnaround schools.

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04/10/2014
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