UVA School Turnaround Program Model

The University of Virginia School Turnaround Program is a three-year district and school leadership development program.

The program aims to create the system-wide infrastructure necessary to quickly, dramatically and sustainably improve student performance.

  • A systemic approach and district ownership is key to success. 
  • School Leadership makes the difference in turnaround
  • Sustained change requires ongoing support and accountability

Rethink

PLANNING YEAR: RETHINKING THE SYSTEM TO SET THE STAGE

  • Thought-partners in identifying district needs and developing opportunities to build capacity
  • A rigorous selection process to identify school leaders that possess the competencies necessary to lead school turnaround
  • World-class executive education to inspire district leaders to embolden their turnaround plans and rethink the relationship between district and schools.

Reignite

REIGNITING LEADERS TO CO-CREATE SUCCESS

  • 2 Summer Executive Education Programs dedicated to igniting change in organizational structure and leadership practice
  • 2 Winter Executive Education Programs to strengthen teamwork, increase empowerment among change agents and to drive strategic mid-course corrections
  • 2 on-site Spring Retreats to help leadership process the lessons learned and determine changes necessary to drive the transformation process 

Redesign

YEARS 1 & 2: REDESIGN AND TRANSFORM PRACTICE

  • Continuous support from the PLE throughout the school year to guide the implementation of the turnaround initiative 
  • On-site visits to support district and school leaders in assessing the progress and identifying next steps
  • Customized support from experienced professionals that have done the work and seen success

Transform

Achieve & Sustain Meaningful Results

  • Help identifying successful approaches that can be used to transform system-wide practice and inform further system redesign
  • Spring Sustainability Retreat
  • Achieve initial results that inspire what is possible. Over half our partner schools achieve double-digit gains in two years or less, with many examples of dramatic and sustained success

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    • New & Noteworthy

      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