Build a staff committed to the turnaround process.

Research has shown that many successful turnaround schools made staffing changes to ensure that the staff is committed to the school's improvement goals and is qualified to carry out school improvement. Changes in staff may be required, such as releasing, replacing, or redeploying staff members who are not fully committed to turning around the school or bringing in new staff to better meet the goals. School principals should be careful to examine the staff's strengths and weaknesses and choose the right staff for the school and to deploy staff members carefully to meet all students' needs. This task may include modifying job descriptions, differentiating staffing, or creating intervention teams. A committed staff displays this mindset by caring about students; building pride in the school, the staff, and oneself; and demonstrating a willingness to do "whatever it takes" to meet goals and raise student achievement.

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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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Engaging Every Staff Member

Engaging Every Staff Member

This interview features the principal of an elementary school who is committed to making sure every staff member is engaged in the school improvement process. The staff at Laura MacArthur,...

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08/01/2014
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Learning Together to Build a Committed Staff (Part 1)

District leaders can use the materials in this tool for an in-service for school leaders on the importance of and steps for building a staff committed to the turnaround. Related Media and...

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04/15/2014
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Learning Together to Build a Committed Staff (Part 2)

The materials in this tool can be used by district leaders for an in-service for school leaders on the importance of and steps for building a staff committed to the turnaround. In Part 2,...

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04/15/2014
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Knowledge and Skills Inventory

Use this assessment form to evaluate the school's staffing strengths and needs, in order to reassign, hire, or otherwise change staff assignments to better turn around the school. Principals need...

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04/15/2014
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Grade Level Norms

This document outlines the norms that guide teacher behavior and collaboration at grade-level team meetings. Related Files: Edgemont Elementary School Description  

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04/15/2014
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Key Ideas of Professional Learning Communities

This presentation describes three foundational ideas of professional learning communities—focus on learning, a collaborative culture, and focus on results—and the essential skills needed to...

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04/15/2014
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Staff Norms

This list outlines norms for staff interactions and communications. Related Files: Hardy Elementary School Description 

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04/15/2014
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Postcard: We are #1!

A picture postcard depicts Waterford High School's status as the highest API score of 760 in a five-county region (Calaveras, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tuolumne) for the 2006-07 school...

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04/15/2014
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Lesson Observation

This form is used in formal lesson observations of teachers. Observers rate the teacher on various methods of instruction, including learning objectives, checking for understanding, skill and...

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04/15/2014
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Teacher Interview Questions and Scoring

School administrators use these questions to interview prospective language arts teachers. The questions are designed to gauge the teacher's knowledge and commitment to standards-based instruction...

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04/15/2014
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Mid-Year Staff Survey

Elementary school administrators gather teacher feedback and opinions through this mid-year survey, which asks about school climate, professional development, and curriculum, instruction, and...

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04/15/2014
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