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.
SEDL Insights: Leadership Actions for Transforming Schools
Leaders at schools in the process of transformation often struggle with how to best guide their staff and students to better outcomes. Our experters' experiences serving as turnaround principals and also working with underperforming schools while at SEDL have revealed insights on the core actions that leaders take in successfully leading school transformations. These actions can create the conditions needed to shape a school culture where teaching and learning can improve. Read 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.
Lancaster and Georgetown County Public School Systems: Through the Center for High-Performing Schools, SEDL assisted the Lancaster and Georgetown County Public School Systems in South Carolina with implementing the Professional Teaching and Learning Cycle to develop professional learning teams among teachers. The goals were to improve classroom instruction with a focus on literacy and to assist school and district leaders as they developed processes that support teachers engaged in professional learning teams. SEDL staff also conducted an internal evaluation of the project.
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.