The Center on School Turnaround intends to establish demonstrations in two areas:

  1. A demonstration of the National Implementation Research Network’s (NIRN) “Scaling Up” approach to statewide implementation of evidence-based practices and its applicability to school turnarounds
  2. Demonstrate the efficacy of states (SEAs, school board associations in particular) proactively engaging local school boards to support school turnaround efforts.

Work Highlights

School Transformation Academy

The Center on School Turnaround’s School Turnaround Academy elevates a state education agency’s (SEA) understanding of research and practice on school turnaround and how a state’s turnaround policies and strategies fit within a coherent system of support and intervention for districts and schools in need of improvement.

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Scaling-Up in Washington State

The Center will replicate the State Implementation and Scaling-up of Evidence-based Practices (SISEP) model to build capacity in two demonstration states to implement evidence-based practices to support school turnarounds. The SISEP Center (managed by Center on School Turnaround partner, the NIRN,), has as its mission to develop state capacity for large-scale implementations of evidence-based practices to produce good outcomes for all students. To “scale-up” the benefits of successful implementation to the state level, the SISEP model requires implementation teams to be established at all levels—state, regional, district, and school—to support local implementation.

  • A brief detailing the Washington scaling up story will be available in the late summer or early fall.

The School Board’s Role in District and School Improvement and School Turnaround

Building on the ADI/CST publication, Moving Beyond the Killer-B’s: The Role of School Boards in School Accountability and Transformation, Sam Redding, Julie Corbett, and Lauren Morando Rhim developed a number of publications and trainings to strengthen the role of local school boards, as districts work to turn around their lowest-performing schools.


This work-stream includes the following components:

  • Case Studies. Case studies of two districts of different sizes and contexts that have been successful with school turnaround and highlight the role of their school boards.
  • Board Training Program. Using the Moving Beyond the Killer B’s publication and the two case studies as the content base, the CST Board Training Program guides local school board members through a series of readings and activities over a 6-month period of time. Board members have the opportunity to discuss and action plan around their own board strengths and opportunity areas, while learning what worked in other districts. The program was piloted with local school boards in Colorado and Indiana.
  • Day-Long Trainings. A training curriculum was developed in 2014 to engage local school boards more effectively in school turnaround efforts. The program entailed a day-long seminar with school board members and superintendents followed-up with online supports developed to facilitate proactive and positive school board engagement in critical school turnaround work.