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Resource Title School Turnarounds, Actions and Results

This report provides descriptive, real-world vignettes that illustrate actions that successful school leaders have taken to turn around low-performing schools. It identifies and explains the leader actions associated with a successful turnaround:

  • Initial analysis and problem solving (collect and analyze data; make action plan based on data)
  • Driving for results (concentrate on big, fast payoffs in year one; implement practices even if they require deviation from norms or rules; require all staff to change; make necessary staff replacements; focus on successful tactics and halt others; do not tout progress as the ultimate success)
  • Influencing inside and outside the organization (communicate a positive vision; help staff personally feel problems; gain support of key influencers; and silence critics with speedy success)
  • Measuring, reporting, and improving (measure and report progress frequently; and require all decision makers to share data and problem solve)

This document provides descriptive vignettes, based on actual case studies, to illustrate each of the 14 leader actions.

Resource Area(s)
Data Systems and Achievement Monitoring
Culture and Professional Relationships
Type of Resource
Best Practices
Format PDF document
Related Service(s)
Facilitating Planning
Building Leadership