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The Center on School Turnaround (CST) at WestEd provides technical assistance to increase the capacity of state education agencies (SEAs) to support districts in turning around their lowest-performing schools. We work with SEAs, local education agencies (LEAs), and Regional Comprehensive Centers to identify, adopt, and sustain research-based practices and emerging promising practices that ensure equity and drive system change to rapidly improve the lowest-performing schools.

Learn more about CST's current projects and related resources here: https://centeronschoolturnaround.org/tools-publications/

 

Support for Rapid School Improvement: How Federal Dollars Can Be Leveraged for Systematic Improvement
Resource Type: Practice guide
2018 PDF (pdf)
This document guides districts and schools in aligning spending to support school turnaround efforts. The guide delves into often-overlooked federal funding sources that can be used to support local efforts to pursue rapid turnaround.
The Engagement Playbook: A Toolkit for Engaging Stakeholders Around the Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement
Resource Type: Practice guide
2018 PDF (pdf)
This toolkit on stakeholder engagement, written for state agency staff and district and school leaders who oversee and support school turnaround efforts, focuses first on school-level change, and then back-maps district and state efforts linked to the Four Domains framework. The framework features critical aspects of successful school turnaround in four areas: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift.
Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework
Resource Type: Publication
2017 PDF (pdf)
To assist states, districts, and schools in leading or managing these efforts, in 2017 the Center on School Turnaround at WestEd (CST) developed Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework. That framework identifies four areas of focus that research and experience point to as central to rapid and significant improvement: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift.
Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: Indicators of Effective Practice
Resource Type: Practice guide
2018 PDF (pdf)
This document helps educators take action and track results within each of the Four Domains facets of school turnaround: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift. The indicators presented in this document are expressed in plain language so school, district, and state teams can identify with greater certainty whether a relevant practice from the four domains is standard and routinely operational or whether more work is needed.
Implementing the Four Domains: Tools and Resources
Type: Project
Publications, guides, and toolkits designed to help practitioners at all levels implement the CST's Four Domains Framework.
State Systems of Support Community of Practice
Type: Project
State(s): Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Utah, Bureau of Indian Education, U. S. Virgin Islands
A community of practice for states, districts, and comprehensive centers focused on ESSA implementation in the school improvement and turnaround contexts.