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 a Staff Committed to the Turnaround Process

Building a Staff Committed to the Turnaround Process

This multimedia overview provides a summary of the recommendation to build a strong, committed staff dedicated to the turnaround efforts. It outlines several key actions principals can take to...

Overview
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04/11/2014
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Motivating Reform With Quick Wins

Motivating Reform With Quick Wins

Dr. Sam Redding discusses the reasons for establishing successes early in the turnaround process and provides some examples of quick wins used in successful turnaround schools.

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04/11/2014
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Making Visible Improvements Early in the Turnaround Process

Making Visible Improvements Early in the Turnaround Process

This multimedia overview describes the nature and purpose of quick wins in turnaround schools. It offers examples of quick wins that principals can achieve in their schools.

Overview
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04/11/2014
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The Principal's Role

The Principal's Role

Listen to Dr. Joseph Johnson discuss how the role of the principal (e.g., being a presence in classrooms, developing teachers' trust in their common goals) is essential for improving instruction....

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04/11/2014
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Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful Turnaround Efforts

Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful Turnaround Efforts

Hear Dr. Joseph Johnson describe how a focus on relevant, narrow goals and an emphasis on student learning can make the same instructional practice work better in some schools than others. Dr....

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04/11/2014
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The Enacted Curriculum

The Enacted Curriculum

Listen to Dr. Joseph Johnson discuss how high-performing schools align curricula to state standards, teach the content with a focus on student learning, and prioritize core content to improve...

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04/11/2014
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How Principals Can Help

How Principals Can Help

Dr. Daniel Duke describes effective strategies from the school turnaround and business turnaround literature that principals and teacher teams can use to improve instruction.

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04/10/2014
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Maintaining a Consistent Focus on Improving Instruction

Maintaining a Consistent Focus on Improving Instruction

This multimedia overview outlines the actions a turnaround school principal can take to set goals, monitor progress, and serve as an instructional leader to improve instruction.  

Overview
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04/10/2014
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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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Signaling Change

Signaling Change

Dr. Bryan Hassel describes the importance of strong leadership in turnaround schools and the role that school principals play in signaling the need and direction for change.

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04/10/2014
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Signaling the Need for Dramatic Change With Strong Leadership

Signaling the Need for Dramatic Change With Strong Leadership

This overview describes strong leadership and its importance. It outlines the characteristics of strong leaders and effective leadership practices in turnaround schools.

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04/10/2014
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School Turnaround Planning Template #3

Suggesting ways for state-level personnel to facilitate the work of districts and schools in turning around low-performing schools. Key considerations are presented for state leadership, standards...

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04/10/2014
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