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Turnaround Program Goal

A powerful educational system that inspires teachers and students to achieve their full potential, starting in persistently underperforming schools, is possible.

Organizational change is a significant undertaking in any sector - but in the education sector with the lives and futures of children on the line, the challenge of changing the status quo is a task that demands a level of commitment, leadership, and focus like no other. The UVA School Turnaround Program is committed to demonstrating this change is not only possible, but sustainable.

Our goal is to empower system-level and school-level leaders to achieve dramatic improvement in a set of persistently underperforming schools. The lessons learned and successes achieved inform strategies for expanding and sustaining success across the school system. Our School Turnaround Program is rigorous because we never lose sight of the real impact leadership can have on the lives of students. 

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    District Readiness to Support School Turnaround 09/26/2014, This guide written for the Center on School Turnaround provides state education agencies (SEAs) and districts (LEAs) with guidance about how to assess the district’s readiness to support school turnaround initiatives.

    UVA School Turnaround Program Schools See Improvement 09/22/2014, Three Oklahoma school districts have seen huge improvements in their school report cards after implementing changes through the University of Virginia School Turnaround Program.

    New Mexico's Governor Announces Increased Participation in UVA School Turnaround Program 08/29/2014, Governor Susana Martinez will visit students at Juan de Oñate Elementary School in Gallup to welcome students back to school and announce the school's participation in an intensive school turnaround program. The University of Virginia (UVA) Turnaround Program offers in-depth training to teachers and administrators in participating schools to improve student outcomes. Other schools in New Mexico that have gone through the program have shown significant growth and improvement in student proficiency