The Journeys Project

Most school improvement efforts are described only after the turnaround process is complete. However, in The Journeys Project, we document schools throughout the turnaround process: What are the early challenges, decisions, and results? How do schools handle roadblocks? Where do they turn for advice and support? What happens when things don’t go according to plan?


WEBINAR: March 19, 2014

Journey to School Improvement: The Personalized Mastery Approach 

Follow the Journey

Join the conversation about the Journeys schools or share details of your own turnaround work.


Meet the Journeys schools. Learn about their turnaround plans, processes, and outcomes, as well as their unique demographics, histories, and contexts.

School profile

Carl Sandburg Middle School

Stephenson County, Illinois


Learn about the innovative turnaround journey of a small town school in Illinois with a large achievement gap. Explore how this middle school is beginning to use competency-based education and other strategies to advance achievement for all students.

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School profile

Amargosa Valley School

Nye County, Nevada


Learn about the turnaround journey of an extremely remote school in rural Nevada with a large migrant, English-learner, and socioeconomically disadvantaged population. How does this pre-K–8 school handle the challenges…

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Turnaround in action

Read stories and blog posts about the turnaround work of the Journeys schools, learn about related webinars, and access related school improvement research — all from WestEd staff and other turnaround specialists.

Meet the team

WestEd R&D Alert Highlights Rural Turnaround

Posted: June 26, 2014

This issue of WestEd’s R&D Alert spotlights the Center on School Turnaround’s research on rural turnaround.

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Webinar Archive – The Personalized Mastery Approach

Posted: June 24, 2014

Check out this webinar archive to learn about the early challenges in implementing personalized mastery as a school improvement approach in a small-town middle school with a large achievement gap.

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Freeport School District Personalized Mastery FAQ

Posted: May 24, 2014

The following questions and answers were taken from a recent webinar presented by Roberta Selleck, Superintendent of Freeport School District.  The questions pertain specifically to Freeport’s approach to Personalized Mastery….

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