ERIC Number: EJ1082546
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Mixing Metaphors: Building Infrastructure for Large Scale School Turnaround
Peurach, Donald J.; Neumerski, Christine M.
Journal of Educational Change, v16 n4 p379-420 Nov 2015
The purpose of this analysis is to increase understanding of the possibilities and challenges of building educational infrastructure--the basic, foundational structures, systems, and resources--to support large-scale school turnaround. Building educational infrastructure often exceeds the capacity of schools, districts, and state education agencies and, thus, requires collaborating with "lead turnaround partners" with specialized capabilities for such work. However, there is little research to guide the selection or operation of lead turnaround partners. The analysis uses a descriptive case study of one organization with success operating as a lead turnaround partner (Success for All) to develop a framework to guide the selection of lead turnaround partners, support their operations, and structure further research. While base level achievement gains can be realized within 3 years, the analysis suggests that fully establishing school-level infrastructure is estimated conservatively as a 7 years process, and fully establishing system-level infrastructure has been an on-going, 40 year process. The analysis suggests a strong need to balance the rhetorical urgency of "turnaround" with the understanding that building educational infrastructure to improve large numbers of underperforming schools will likely require massive, sustained technical, financial, policy, and political support.
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Change, Change Strategies, Partnerships in Education, Agency Cooperation, Achievement Gains, Low Achievement, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement
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