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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The Turnaround Principal: Part 1

The Turnaround Principal: Part 1

Michael Cormack discusses actions he has taken as a turnaround principal and the connection between these actions and the underlying competencies of Driving for Results and Influencing for Results....

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04/21/2015
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The Turnaround Principal: Part 2

The Turnaround Principal: Part 2

Michael Cormack discusses actions he has taken as a turnaround principal and the connection between these actions and the underlying competencies of Driving for Results and Influencing for Results....

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04/21/2015
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Building a Protocol for a Job Candidate Interview

Principals can use this tool to reflect on current practice for interviewing new staff and consider ways to improve interview protocols in turnaround schools to ensure that staff with the right...

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01/28/2015
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Building Trustful Relationships: The Home-School Connection

Building Trustful Relationships: The Home-School Connection

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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08/01/2014
704 views
Distributed Leadership

Distributed Leadership

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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08/01/2014
372 views
State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 2

State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 2

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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08/01/2014
284 views
State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 1

State Support for Turnaround Schools - Part 1

The Ohio Transformation Specialist and the principal of Southern Local Jr./Sr. High School discuss how they work together. They talk about the activities they conduct during each of the...

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08/01/2014
330 views
Lifelong Learning for Capacity Building

Lifelong Learning for Capacity Building

The superintendent of Hollandale School District talks about building a cadre of qualified teachers. The School Improvement Grant enabled the district to offer tuition incentives to attract...

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08/01/2014
322 views
Transforming Elementary Math Instruction

Transforming Elementary Math Instruction

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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08/01/2014
539 views
A Team-Based Approach for Instructional Decision Making

A Team-Based Approach for Instructional Decision Making

The principal at Sanders Elementary School discusses the School Transformation Team and its role in making decisions about new programs, use of student data, and student services. The team includes...

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08/01/2014
590 views
Walkthrough Support

Walkthrough Support

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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Video
08/01/2014
308 views
Supporting School Turnaround

Supporting School Turnaround

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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08/01/2014
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