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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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...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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...

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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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Developing a Climate for Change

Developing a Climate for Change

Julie Kowal presents ways a principal can inspire and engage staff in turnaround efforts and the district’s role in supporting those efforts.

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04/11/2014
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Understanding and Meeting Staffing Needs

Understanding and Meeting Staffing Needs

Julie Kowal discusses the importance of building a committed staff and strategies that principals can use to assess staffing needs, reassign, redeploy, and hire staff.

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