Turning around chronically low-performing schools requires fast action and strong direction from leaders. SEDL’s turnaround specialists are former school, district, and state leaders who have direct experience leading successful school turnarounds. Our specialists support school and district turnaround leaders by assisting them in developing turnaround plans, establishing expectations and goals, and measuring progress toward those goals.
Services We Provide
Our Center for High-Performing Schools provides long-term consulting services to support school turnarounds. We build teacher and principal effectiveness to implement comprehensive instructional reform that ensures the alignment of standards, instruction, and assessment. We also help school and district leaders develop plans and capacity for extending student learning and teacher planning, engaging families and community, increasing operating flexibility, and sustaining gains.
Turning Around Low-Achieving Schools: A Blueprint for Reform
In July 2010, SEDL hosted the regional forum “Turning Around Low-Achieving Schools: A Blueprint for Reform.” Some 100 education leaders from Texas and states in the Southeast attended to learn more about school turnarounds and the priority areas for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Learn more
Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC): The SECC provides professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals. Work varies by state.
Texas Comprehensive Center (TXCC): The TXCC provides professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals.
Center for High-Performing Schools: Through this Center, SEDL builds the capacity of district and school leaders to plan, implement, evaluate, and sustain school turnarounds.
Southeast Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Southeast Comprehensive Center provided professional development and technical assistance to the state education agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, and South Carolina to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools. Work varied by state. For example, staff assisted state education agencies with implementing the Common Core State Standards and School Improvement Grants.
Texas Comprehensive Center (2005–2012): The Texas Comprehensive Center provided professional development and technical assistance to the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 20 regional education service centers to build their capacity to support low-performing districts and schools. Work included assisting the TEA in developing an online course to provide required training for School Support Teams.
Regional Educational Laboratory (1996–2006): Much of SEDL’s past work in improving school performance was conducted through Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) contracts. SEDL's REL contracts covered the southwestern region of Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas, and was 1 of 10 laboratories funded by the U.S. Department of Education to help underperforming schools and districts improve student achievement, especially in reading and mathematics. The REL’s work involved an ambitious agenda of research, development, and dissemination initiatives.
Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement: Housed at Learning Point Associates, the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement helps schools and districts organize, plan, implement, and sustain school improvement. SEDL assisted the center by identifying research-based strategies and translating them into positive change.
Comprehensive School Reform (CSR) Awards Database (1998–2006): SEDL hosted and maintained the CSR Awards Database, which provided information on schools receiving CSR funds.