School Turnaround

This collection highlights resources and projects designed to help programs and organizations that are engaged in school improvement and turnaround work.  Topics include the roles of school boards and state education agencies (SEAs), turnaround in the special education setting, and modern strategies to identify and monitor school turnaround.

Building Board Capacity to Oversee Improvement and Turnaround Processes: CST School Board Training Summary
Resource Type: Practice guide
2016 PDF (pdf)
This tool is designed to help support local school board members as they learn about what turnaround is and how they can support turnaround efforts in their district.
Using Federal Education Formula Funds For School Turnaround Initiatives: Opportunities for State Education Agencies
Resource Type: Policy/Policy brief
2016 PDF (pdf)
This handbook explains how U.S. Department of Education (ED) formula grants, such as Title I (which covers homeless children), Title II, and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), can be used to support school turnaround efforts. 
Special Education in the Turnaround Context: Green Dot Public Schools in Los Angeles
Resource Type: Practice guide
2017 PDF (pdf)
This exploratory Green Dot mini-case illustrates strategies that one charter management organization implemented, in the course of its broader turnaround efforts at individual schools, to improve special education and related services for students with disabilities. 
School Improvement Explained: How GIS Mapping Can Help Improve Schools
Resource Type: Video
2017 Video (mp4/m4v/mov)
In this 5-minute video, Trent Sharp, AIR senior technical assistance consultant, talks about how geographic information systems (GIS) data can be used with school and other demographic and social information to better inform school improvement efforts.
Supporting Evidence-Based Practice in School Turnaround
Type: Project
State(s): Connecticut
NCC is assisting the CSDE to identify evidence-based turnaround practices in addition to processes and protocols for their use in underperforming schools and districts.
Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy - Mentoring & Induction Network
Type: Project
State(s): District of Columbia
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education and charter LEAs participating in the Mentoring and Induction Network are learning about a new approach to organizational change and how to apply Mentoring & Induction best practices within their unique contexts.