This guide includes tools, checklists, and templates aligned with the revised SIG requirements, primarily focused on how LEAs could use the new “planning year” to build a foundation of success for SIG schools.
The STLC provides a range of school improvement resources, and connects users with specialists and other educators to share school turnaround research and promising practices. The STLC website has been redesigned with a new look and feel and enhanced features. Check it out.
This Lauren Morando Rhim and Sam Redding Edited Volume examines the role of the state education agency (SEA) in school turnaround efforts with an emphasis placed on practical application of research and best practice related to the SEA’s critical leadership role.
Posted on June 15, 2015
Nelson Smith reexamines existing recovery school districts (RSDs) and assembles the most comprehensive catalog of similar initiatives underway and under consideration elsewhere. The publication includes more than twenty recommendations for those headed down the turnaround path.
Posted on May 22, 2015
This paper uses our work with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to show how a student-based budgeting (SBB) funding system must go hand-in-hand with what ERS calls Strategic School Design.
Posted on May 15, 2015
This review critiques the report, “Dramatic Action, Dramatic Improvement: The Research on School Turnaround.” According to the National Education Policy Center, the review alleges that “[SIG] policies, like the report, are based on unwarranted claims, are unsupported by rigorous research, and are in fact contradicted by the empirical evidence.”
Posted on May 7, 2015
This brief documents states’ capacity to support school turnaround as of spring 2012 and spring 2013. It examines capacity issues for all states and for those that reported both prioritizing turnaround and having significant gaps in expertise to support it.
Posted on November 17, 2014
Until 2009, the federal School Improvement Grant (SIG) Program had been a comparatively modest program within Title I. However, a boost in base funding to $546 million—along with a one-time infusion of $3 billion from the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act—cast SIG in a new role as the de facto leader in the field […]
Posted on September 17, 2014
This is the second of two posts about high-leverage strategies states can pursue on school turnarounds. The first post addressed “setting sights high” and “clearing policy barriers.” Here, Hassel address three other critical policies, including “Get Serious About Talent”, “Creating a Real ‘Or Else’,” and “Demand Sustainability”.
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