Turning around a low-performing school is complex and challenging work. This monograph tells the story of Jones Senior High School, a rural school that increased its achievement from less than 65% passing to approximately 90% passing. Included in this monograph are tips and tools that were developed by the principal and instructional coach who led the turnaround.
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Policymakers, Administrators, Teachers
- Implement some strategies that create "quick wins" to help signal change and create buy-in from staff.
- Develop a collective vision to increase coherence and buy-in for the changes that need to take place.
- Create a culture of trust and respect among staff.
- Focus on academics.
- Use data as a foundation for decision-making.
- Celebrate successes.
Ways to use:
- Guiding schoolwide discussions
- Selecting and creating a leadership team
- Improving scheduling
- Addressing curriculum changes
- Guiding data-driven decision-making
- Creating stakeholder buy-in
Mubenga, P., Fleming, L., and Edmunds, J. (2013). Turning Around a Low-Performing High School: Learning from the Story of Jones Senior High School. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center