Examples of Actions Taken by Principals Trying to Lead Turnaround

Examples of Actions Taken by Principals Trying to Lead Turnaround

Coby Meyers, Dallas Hambrick Hitt, and David Kutas
University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education

Jeanette Cornier, Grayson Cooper, Stephanie Dean, Nita Losoponkul, & Cassie Lutterloh
Public Impact

This report describes examples of actions that school principals have taken in trying to lead turnaround. Most principals have either not worked in a turnaround situation or have fallen short in a turnaround attempt, despite their best efforts. Not all of the principals highlighted in this report have successfully turned around their schools, but we intend for these examples to be helpful to other principals, teacher-leader teams, and principal supervisors who are looking to approach turnaround work with strategic, but less common actions in an effort to get new, better results. The authors draw on prior research to frame the examples. The report also draws on the observations of two organizations with deep experience in the turnaround field: Public Impact and the University of Virginia Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education. The examples of actions that are described in this report are organized into categories familiar to many principals in both typical schools and in turnaround schools, namely: vision, goals, data, change leadership, teachers and leaders, instruction, and strategic partnerships. These categories are also tied to domains and practices described in the Center on School Turnaround’s Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement: A Systems Framework.