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ERIC Number: ED507589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Sep-15
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
Successful School Turnarounds: Seven Steps for District Leaders. Issue Brief
Kowal, Julie; Hassel, Emily Ayscue; Hassel, Bryan C.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement
President Obama and Secretary Duncan have called upon states, districts, and education leaders to change the lives of millions of children by dramatically improving the nation's 5,000 lowest performing schools. These chronically failing schools will require intensive intervention to turn around performance that has fallen short of expectations for many years. States and districts are likely to try a variety of approaches to improve performance, such as contracting with external providers, who often bring in new leadership and staff; closing schools outright and giving students the option to attend nearby, higher performing schools; or bringing in a "turnaround leader" to carry out drastic improvements. This last option is known in other sectors as a "turnaround" effort--a quick, dramatic, and sustained change driven by a highly capable leader. District leaders deploying this strategy in chronically failing schools can learn from the experiences of classic turnarounds that have worked. This brief draws from the cross-sector research base on successful turnarounds to offer seven steps for district leaders to support turnaround principals and maximize their chances of success. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (ED)
Authoring Institution: Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement