Signal the need for dramatic change with improved leadership.

Schools should make a clear commitment to dramatic departures from the status quo, and the leader should signal the magnitude and urgency of that needed change. A low-performing school that fails to make adequate yearly progress must improve within a short timeframe; it does not have the luxury of years to implement incremental reforms.

A change in leadership practices, either with a new principal knowledgeable about turnaround strategies or with turnaround training for a continuing principal, shows that the school will be setting a new direction for improvement. Installing a new principal with turnaround experience or training can immediately signal change. If a change in leadership does not take place, the existing principal may signal change by substantially reforming existing leadership practices. The principal sends the message that everyone, including administrators, needs to change the daily school operations and the way instruction is delivered.

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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
5722 views
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
1024 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
502 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
776 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
496 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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Audio
08/01/2014
345 views
A State and District Partnership That Facilitates School Improvement

A State and District Partnership That Facilitates School Improvement

Representatives from both the Florida Department of Education and the Hilllsborough County School District describe how they work together to support Middleton High School in Tampa, FL. They note...

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Audio
08/01/2014
340 views
Tearing Away the Layers of Despair: Changing a School Culture

Tearing Away the Layers of Despair: Changing a School Culture

The principal at Middleton High School describes how the school modified its culture of failure. He describes how he engaged school staff and community leaders in promoting a school culture where...

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08/01/2014
356 views

District Reflection: Identifying the School Turnaround Principal

At the district level, use this questionnaire to help evaluate principal candidates (including the current principals) to lead a turnaround effort.

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04/14/2014
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Leadership Needs Assessment

The questions and chart in this tool can be used to assess the need for immediate changes in leadership strategies to enable the beginning of a turnaround process and the school’s readiness for...

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04/14/2014
668 views

School Principal Self-Reflection: Leadership Strategies

Use this worksheet for self-reflection if you are interested in modifying existing leadership strategies in the following areas: communication with staff, instructional leadership, and connections...

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04/14/2014
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