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Resource Title The Turnaround Challenge

This document includes a section on strategies implemented in schools successfully serving high poverty populations, and recommends that turnaround efforts include these strategies. They are described in the High-Performing, High-Poverty (HPHP) Readiness Model, which is described and depicted on pages 30-37. It is organized in three areas:

  • Readiness to learn (safety, discipline, and engagement; action against adversity; close student-adult relationships)
  • Readiness to teach (shared responsibility for achievement; personalization of instruction; professional teaching culture)
  • Readiness to act (resource authority; resource ingenuity; agility in the face of turbulence)

Attributes that enabled HPHP schools to succeed were: clearly defined authority to act based on what’s best for students and learning; relentless focus on hiring and staff development as part of an overall “people strategy”; highly capable, distributed school leadership (team); additional instructional time; performance-based behavioral expectations for all stakeholders, including parents; and integrated, research-based programs and related social services to address students’ academic and related psycho-social needs. The document also describes other factors important for school turnaround, particularly at the state level.

Resource Area(s)
Culture and Professional Relationships
Type of Resource
Research Findings
Best Practices
Format PDF document
Related Service(s)
Building Leadership