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Redding, Sam – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2019
This guide grew out of material used in the Transformation Academy, a professional learning program for principals charged with achieving the rapid improvement of their school. The intent of that program is to help principals get started with transforming instruction -- the change that is at the heart of school improvement. Transforming…
Descriptors: Principals, Transformative Learning, Faculty Development, Instructional Leadership
Ryan Jackson, Kathleen; Fixsen, Dean; Ward, Caryn – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
The National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) and the National Center for School Turnaround (2018) published the "Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: An Implementation Framework" as a companion to the Center for School Turnaround's (2017) recent publication of "The Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Program Implementation, School Districts
Redding, Sam; McCauley, Carlas; Ryan Jackson, Kathleen; Dunn, Lenay – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
In recent years, rapid school improvement--known most commonly as school turnaround--has emerged as the chief focus of dramatic and systemic efforts aimed at giving students better schools. To assist states, districts, and schools in leading or managing these efforts, in 2017 the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd developed "Four Domains…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, School Turnaround, Talent Development, Instructional Effectiveness
McCauley, Carlas; Cashman, Joanne – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
As researchers, decision-makers, and practitioners focus on continuous improvement in education, local-level change is gaining importance. Yet, many local school improvement efforts fail to be fully implemented. Even those that are fully implemented often fail to sustain improvements because the schools are embedded in systems that face multiple…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Stakeholders, School Districts
Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
This brief summarizes the January and February 2018 Thought Leadership Forum presentations. January featured a content-based presentation by William Robinson from the University of Virginia on turnaround leadership competencies and February featured Hannah Peria and Elisabeth Peterson from the New Mexico Public Education Department profiling New…
Descriptors: Instructional Leadership, School Turnaround, State Departments of Education, Competence
Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
In March and April 2018, the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd continued its Thought Leadership Forum series, hosting two online forums on talent development for state education agency officials who are members of the Leadership Council of the Network of State Turnaround and Improvement Leaders. The monthly forums for 2018 are intended to…
Descriptors: Talent Development, Leadership Training, Capacity Building, State Departments of Education
Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
In May and June 2018, the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd hosted two online Thought Leadership Forums for state education agency officials who are members of the Leadership Council of the Network of State Turnaround and Improvement Leaders. The monthly forums are intended to build the capacity of SEAs and regional comprehensive centers to…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Professional Development, Capacity Building
Redding, Sam; Corbett, Julie – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
The Center on School Turnaround (CST) has identified four levers, or domains, for dramatic change to rapidly improve schools: (1) turnaround leadership; (2) talent development; (3) instructional transformation; and (4) culture shift (CST, 2017). These levers are highly integrated -- the only way for each to succeed is to ensure that all four are…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, School Culture, Educational Environment, Success
Junge, Melissa; Krvaric, Sheara – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
This guide delves into often-overlooked federal funding sources that can be used to support local efforts to pursue rapid turnaround. Although focused on spending at the district and school levels, this guide is appropriate for those involved in school improvement at the state, district, or school level because policies and procedures at all those…
Descriptors: Financial Support, Federal Aid, School Turnaround, Federal Legislation
Hitt, Dallas Hambrick; Robinson, William; Player, Daniel – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2018
This document provides state education agencies (SEAs) and districts with guidance about how to assess a district's readiness to support school turnaround initiatives. First published in 2013, the guide has been updated in this edition to highlight how its approach to assessing district readiness embeds and reflects key components of "Four…
Descriptors: Readiness, School Districts, School Turnaround, State Departments of Education
Meyers, Coby V.; Redding, Sam; Hitt, Dallas Hambrick; McCauley, Carlas; Dunn, Lenay; Chapman, Katy; Ambroso, Eric; Chen-Gaddini, Min – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2017
The Center on School Turnaround at WestEd has developed a framework to assist states, districts, and schools in leading and managing rapid improvement efforts. The framework shares, in practical language, the critical practices of successful school turnaround in four domains, or areas of focus, that research and experience suggest are central to…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Educational Improvement, Models, Systems Approach
Hitt, Dallas Hambrick; Meyers, Coby V. – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2017
Identifying and maintaining talent is important in any organization, but in a low-performing school, it is perhaps "the" most important component to achieving turnaround. Given the importance of teachers and leaders for students and schools, districts and states are wise to hone their efforts related to identifying, attracting,…
Descriptors: Talent Identification, Identification, Personnel Selection, Principals
Junge, Melissa; Krvaric, Sheara – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2016
Much has been written on the subject of school turnaround, but relatively little about how to "pay for" turnaround-related work. Turning around low-performing schools not only requires changing instructional and related practices, but changing spending patterns as well. Too often education dollars are spent on the same costs from…
Descriptors: School Turnaround, Federal Aid, State Agencies, Funding Formulas
Biscoe, Belinda; Wilson, Kirk – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2015
This paper connects the dots between arts integration, students' personal competencies, and school turnaround. Its thesis is that by intertwining art forms and methods with content in all subject areas, students learn more about art and the other subjects and build their personal competencies for learning. The paper includes the story of an…
Descriptors: Capacity Building, School Turnaround, Theses, Competency Based Education
Redding, Sam; Dunn, Lenay; McCauley, Carlas – Center on School Turnaround at WestEd, 2015
The purpose of this guide is to provide states, districts, and schools with information and support to prepare applications for 2015-2016 School Improvement Grants (SIGs). The guide includes tools, checklists, and questions for SEAs and LEAs aligned with the revised SIG requirements, primarily focused on how to leverage the "planning…
Descriptors: Educational Improvement, Grants, Federal Aid, School Turnaround
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