School Turnaround

Explore resources and key practices that can help under-performing schools make the shift from low-performing to "turnaround."

Explore the subtopics below to learn more about the recommended practices:

To learn more about the research underlying these practices, view the IES Practice Guide, Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools.

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Strategic Math Support Classes

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

Waterford High School places support classes within the regular school day to help students who perform below the basic level in algebra. Watch this video to see how the math department teachers...

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Increasing Time on Task

School Turnaround > Quick Wins > See How It Works

Staff had several quick wins to reduce classroom interruptions and increase the percentage of class time dedicated to instruction and learning. The administration adjusted morning announcements and...

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Building Trustful Relationships: The Home-School Connection

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

The principal of Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School and the Ohio Transformation Specialist discuss the importance of engaging the community in the school turnaround process. They talk about...

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Distributed Leadership

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

In this video, the Building Leadership Team Facilitator at Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School and the district Federal Programs Coordinator discuss the role of the building leadership team. This...

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Transforming Elementary Math Instruction

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

Two math teachers at Sanders Elementary School discuss changes to their math instruction by relying more heavily on technology. They use interactive white boards and hands on, inquiry-based...

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School Example

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Tearing Away the Layers of Despair: Changing a School Culture

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

The principal at Middleton High School describes how the school modified its culture of failure. He describes how he engaged school staff and community leaders in promoting a school culture where...

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A State and District Partnership That Facilitates School Improvement

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

Representatives from both the Florida Department of Education and the Hilllsborough County School District describe how they work together to support Middleton High School in Tampa, FL. They note...

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School Example

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Engaging Every Staff Member

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > See How It Works

This interview features the principal of an elementary school who is committed to making sure every staff member is engaged in the school improvement process. The staff at Laura MacArthur,...

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School Example

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Supporting School Turnaround

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

In this audio interview, representatives from the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and the Northern Center of Excellence describe their relationships with Minnesota schools and the support...

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Walkthrough Support

School Turnaround > Leadership > See How It Works

Two teachers describe the classroom walkthroughs that occur regularly at their school. The principal comes in, unannounced, to observe classrooms and provide feedback and support to teachers. He...

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Increasing Student Engagement for Instructional Change

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

This presentation shows how Middleton High School implemented strategies to increase student engagement in academics. The school's principal describes strategies to increase attendance, offer more...

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School Example

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State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 2

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This video shows the Ohio Transformation Specialist and the principal of Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School working together during a typical visit. They conduct classroom rounds, discuss data, and...

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