The Center on School Turnaround (CST) and the Council on Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) co-sponsors a webinar discussing the new tactical guide Using Needs Assessments for School and District Improvement.
Julie Corbett, Strategic Partner, and Sam Redding, Associate Director, of the Center on School Turnaround, present on how needs assessments can be used to support school and district improvement efforts. The recently released tactical guide highlights:
-The importance of a needs assessment for school and district improvement,
- Connections to ESSA requirements
- How the needs assessment fits into the cycle of improvement,
- The components of a needs assessment, and
- Suggestions for the needs assessment process.
This webinar also discusses some potential examples of needs assessments that might be useful models to learn from.
The webinar features the Center on School Turnaround four domains for rapid improvement framework. This framework was designed to assist states, districts, and schools in leading and managing rapid improvement efforts. The framework shares, in practical language, the critical practices of successful school turnaround in four domains, or areas of focus, that research and experience suggest are central to rapid and significant improvement: turnaround leadership, talent development, instructional transformation, and culture shift.
The framework reflects the understanding that local context and implementation influence the outcomes of any improvement initiative. It further reflects lessons learned from the federal School Improvement Grants program:
- A successful school turnaround requires a systems approach with coherent guidance and support from the state and district to complement the actions of the school;
- A successful school turnaround is more than the initial jolt of bold changes in structure, authority, and personnel; it includes phases in which effective practices and processes
are routinized and sustained.
Rural schools face unique challenges when working to turn around low-performing schools, particularly when it comes to replacing principals and low-performing staff and engaging families and the community. REL Northwest provides an interactive webinar that shares lessons learned from rural School Improvement Grant grantees. Research expert Dr. Caitlin Scott from REL Northwest presents findings from a recent study, and a panel of practitioners will respond to the findings and discuss implications for rural school improvement efforts. The webinar is designed for state department of education leaders who work on school improvement and serve rural schools, rural school districts and schools, and technical assistance providers.
Presenter: Cindy Hurst, Indiana Department of Education
The Office of Early Learning and Intervention has reflected on the support and planning for schools in this past year through a monthly blog series for the STLC. Lessons learned from earlier cohorts of SIG schools and an intentional focus on planning has helped to focus schools’ efforts around leadership, effective instruction, data, and sustainability. This webinar shares lessons learned and provide some analysis of the successes of SIG implementation in Indiana schools.
This webinar references the CST resource guide “What it Takes” for a Turnaround: Principal Competencies that Matter for Student Achievement. The session is designed to discuss the behavioral event interview (BEI) and turnaround leader competencies. In this guide, we explain how each of these can support the turnaround endeavor and it takes an in-depth look at how they might be used in practice. Lastly, this session is designed to explore how several districts and states use these research-based processes to improve selection as well as other human resource functions, such as school assignment and professional development.