The school turnaround process focuses on rapid and dramatic improvements that result in substantial gains in student achievement in no more than three years. There are four key practices that can help under-performing schools make the drastic shift from low-performing to "turnaround" school: develop improved leadership that signals the need for change, focus on instruction quality throughout the process, earn quick wins by making small but visible improvements, and build a committed staff engaged in the process.

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

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"Caught You Teaching to the Norms" Notepad

Teachers and instructional leaders use this notepad during brief observations to note teachers' integration of the school's instructional norms into daily lessons: Objective, Checking for...

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04/14/2014
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Grade-Level Scheduling

Grade-level teachers at Edgemont Elementary School follow the same daily schedule to ensure adherence to required instructional minutes and to allow for collaborative planning. This document...

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04/14/2014
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Building a Sense of Community

Building a Sense of Community

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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04/14/2014
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Starting Over With New Staffing

Starting Over With New Staffing

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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04/14/2014
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A District Strategy to Improve Nine Struggling Schools

A District Strategy to Improve Nine Struggling Schools

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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04/14/2014
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Empowering and Motivating Teachers in Two Turnaround Schools

Empowering and Motivating Teachers in Two Turnaround Schools

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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04/14/2014
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Reconstitution: Reinvigorating Teacher Practices

Reconstitution: Reinvigorating Teacher Practices

Teachers discuss the process of applying to be rehired after their school was reconstituted. They talk about how the experience changed their teaching practices and what strategies were implemented...

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04/14/2014
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Immediate Attention

Immediate Attention

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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04/14/2014
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Increasing Time on Task

Increasing Time on Task

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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04/14/2014
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Using Data to Improve Instruction

Using Data to Improve Instruction

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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04/14/2014
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Instructional Tours

Instructional Tours

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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04/14/2014
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Observing Instruction to Build Capacity

Observing Instruction to Build Capacity

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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