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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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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Building a Sense of Community

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > See How It Works

An elementary school principal talks about how she built a sense of community among school staff. She discusses how she motivated the staff to wholeheartedly work towards school...

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School Example

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Starting Over With New Staffing

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > See How It Works

Hear a turnaround school's principal describe her approach to hiring new teaching staff prior to reopening. Her vision for the school is based on identifying and hiring teachers with the desired...

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School Example

458 views
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A District Strategy to Improve Nine Struggling Schools

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > See How It Works

A district leader discusses the district's rationale and process for reconstitution. The district reconstituted nine low-performing schools. All teachers had to reapply for their positions and new...

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School Example

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Empowering and Motivating Teachers in Two Turnaround Schools

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > See How It Works

The principals of two turnaround schools in Chicago discuss overcoming teacher resistance and empowering teachers. Hear about the strategies they used to rally all staff behind the goal of academic...

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School Example

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Immediate Attention

School Turnaround > Quick Wins > See How It Works

Listen to the principal of a successful inner-city school describe the quick changes made to their main office. She and her staff made tough decisions about what needed immediate attention, quickly...

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School Example

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Using Data to Improve Instruction

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

The superintendent of Richmond Public Schools describes the district's approach to helping schools collect, understand, and use student data to improve instruction. The district meets with school...

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School Example

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Instructional Tours

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

At Waterford High School, teachers visit each other’s classrooms to learn new instructional strategies. Teachers may use structured forms that detail the instructional norms at the school. These...

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School Example

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Observing Instruction to Build Capacity

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

The chair of the school's math department conducts a coaching session based on classroom observation of a core algebra class. She acknowledges good instructional practices and offers solutions for...

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School Example

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Improving High School Instruction

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

The chair of a high school science department shares instructional strategies that teachers use to engage students in learning. Teachers need to have a clear objective, regularly check for...

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School Example

860 views
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Teachers Implement Changes to Improve Instruction

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

A music, special education, and fifth-grade teacher discuss strategies that they have learned and implemented successfully in their classrooms. The teachers use state assessment results to shape...

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School Example

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Setting High Standards

School Turnaround > Instruction > See How It Works

Listen to the audio to hear an approach for determining students' mathematics grades at Waterford High School. This approach helps ensure that students reach proficiency on all math standards....

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