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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Building a Staff Committed to the Turnaround Process

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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...

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Making Visible Improvements Early in the Turnaround Process

School Turnaround > Quick Wins > Overview & Tools

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.

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Maintaining a Consistent Focus on Improving Instruction

School Turnaround > Instruction > Overview & Tools

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.  

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Signaling the Need for Dramatic Change With Strong Leadership

School Turnaround > Leadership > Overview & Tools

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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Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools

School Turnaround > Overview & Tools

Use this multimedia overview to learn how the practices for school turnaround fit together into a research-based and practical solution for quickly turning around chronically low-performing...

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Developing a Climate for Change

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > Learn What Works

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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Expert Interview

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Understanding and Meeting Staffing Needs

School Turnaround > Committed Staff > Learn What Works

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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Expert Interview

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Motivating Reform With Quick Wins

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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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Expert Interview

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The Principal's Role

School Turnaround > Instruction > Learn What Works

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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Expert Interview

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Differences Between Successful and Unsuccessful Turnaround Efforts

School Turnaround > Instruction > Learn What Works

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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Expert Interview

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The Enacted Curriculum

School Turnaround > Instruction > Learn What Works

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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Expert Interview

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People, Time, Money, and Programming

School Turnaround > Overview & Tools

Dr. Calkins discusses strategies to facilitate school turnaround. He emphasizes the need to establish a readiness to learn in turnaround schools through effectively managing the schools' use of...

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