Make visible improvements early in the school turnaround process.

Dramatic improvement on an entrenched problem, early in the turnaround process, can build enthusiasm and commitment to the larger reform effort. For example, painting, cleaning, or landscaping the school can help staff and students see it as a place with potential. Reducing hallway chaos through 'hands-down' types of rules can help eliminate distractions from learning. Successful quick wins generally can be done by the school leaders without substantial additional resources or approvals, and should make a visible difference in the daily lives of staff and students. In the short term, focusing on quick wins can establish a climate for long-term change. At times, principals may feel that they are faced with competing, urgent priorities. However, when they are able to identify one or two clear goals that can be accomplished quickly, the positive results focus attention on the message that it is possible to reach a school's overarching goal—raising student achievement.

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Tracking the Implementation of Quick Wins

This matrix can be used to track the progress of the implementation of quick wins and to reflect on the lessons learned from these quick wins.

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04/14/2014
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Planning for the Implementation of Quick Wins

Use this decision-making worksheet to document ideas for areas of immediate change, possible solutions, and anticipated results. Related and Media and Files: Observing the School:...

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04/14/2014
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Observing the School: Identifying Potential Quick Wins

This two-part evaluation form provides examples of areas and behaviors to observe in order to note where a quick win activity could be implemented and where an improvement would make a positive...

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04/14/2014
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New School Intensive Scope and Sequence

New York City provides principals of new schools with training to understand the step-by-step opening process, beginning with communicating the new school's vision to staff and the community and...

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04/14/2014
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School Implementation Plan

This principal-developed implementation plan is used to determine the transitional structures needed to build a strong school focused on teaching and learning. The plan includes activities such as...

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04/14/2014
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"Caught You Teaching to the Norms" Notepad

Teachers and instructional leaders use this notepad during brief observations to note teachers' integration of the school's instructional norms into daily lessons: Objective, Checking for...

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04/14/2014
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Grade-Level Scheduling

Grade-level teachers at Edgemont Elementary School follow the same daily schedule to ensure adherence to required instructional minutes and to allow for collaborative planning. This document...

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04/14/2014
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Immediate Attention

Immediate Attention

Listen to the principal of a successful inner-city school describe the quick changes made to their main office. She and her staff made tough decisions about what needed immediate attention, quickly...

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04/14/2014
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Increasing Time on Task

Increasing Time on Task

Staff had several quick wins to reduce classroom interruptions and increase the percentage of class time dedicated to instruction and learning. The administration adjusted morning announcements and...

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04/14/2014
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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.

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04/11/2014
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