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ERIC Number: EJ1005487
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
A Powerful Partnership: Principal and External Provider Lead the Turnaround at a Low-Performing Urban School
Marrapodi, Maryann; Beard, Ora
Journal of Staff Development, v34 n2 p50-54 Apr 2013
In September 2009, the Detroit public school now known as Dixon Educational Learning Academy was best described by terms too often used to characterize persistently low-performing urban schools--frequent leadership turnover, demoralized staff, student violence, poor attendance, a physical plant in horrendous shape, episodic and irrelevant professional learning, and unacceptably low levels of student achievement. At the end of the 2009-10 school year, Detroit district leaders removed the school's principal and asked Ora Beard, an experienced principal, to partner with Teachscape as Dixon's new external provider to take on the challenges of turning the school around. Today, Dixon is a different school. Dixon staff and Teachscape partners employ a data-informed instructional improvement process to guide coherent, job-embedded, and ongoing professional learning and to drive, support, monitor, and sustain rigorous, standards-based teaching in every content area and every classroom. Dixon has been removed from the state of Michigan's list of low-performing schools.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Michigan