The Center on School Turnaround and Improvement (CSTI) at WestEd supports systemic efforts nationwide to improve school performance and increase achievement for all students.
We are committed to the belief that all students can move forward with improved opportunities for a brighter future. We collaborate with states, districts, and schools to enhance focus on equity-driven, student-focused resources and services that are grounded in The Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement. Through our work together to focus on essential practices identified in key domain-specific areas—Turnaround Leadership, Instructional Transformation, Talent Development, Culture Shift—we help you quickly move forward with evidence-based plans for continuous improvement.
Extending the work of the nationally recognized Center on School Turnaround (CST), the newly expanded Center for School Turnaround and Improvement (CSTI), continues to provide research-informed tools and resources to assist districts and schools in meeting student achievement goals. CSTI now also provides professional learning services for a holistic approach to identifying, synthesizing, and disseminating research-based practices and emerging promising practices.
By some estimations, 44 percent of state education agencies are using the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework in their school improvement implementation.
A map of the United States showing which state education agencies are using the Four Domains for Rapid School Improvement framework in their school improvement implementation. These states include Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Georgia, South Carolina, New Jersey, Maryland, and New Hampshire.
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We are dedicated to providing research-informed, high-quality professional learning services, and technical assistance to support multi-level, systemic school improvement. Discover our expertise.
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The Center on School Turnaround and Improvement consists of a team of nationally renowned education experts who are strongly committed to supporting school improvement.
As Senior Director of School Improvement, Shelley Jallow oversees WestEd’s school improvement work with states, local education agencies, and schools.
Jallow is driven by the belief that a quality education is every child’s right and that education is the most powerful lever for improving outcomes for children, families, and communities. She brings to WestEd more than 30 years of experience in successfully leading school improvement efforts at the state, district, and school level. Read more.
As Director of Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction Services at WestEd, Robert Sheffield brings extensive expertise to guide the development and expansion of projects that are seeking to align systems practice.
He serves as a consultant and dedicated thought partner to emergent professional learning organizations seeking to scale work within school districts. Read more.
WestEd is committed to the belief that all students should succeed in our schools and that all learners — from infants to adults — should thrive in our communities, despite the circumstances they were born into. Glen Harvey
WestEd Chief Executive Officer
Success for every learner is WestEd’s prime focus and has been for more than five decades. A nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency working with education and other communities throughout the United States and abroad, WestEd aims to improve education and other important outcomes for children, youth and adults.
The depth, diversity, and history of our work, coupled with our on-the-ground experience and research-based knowledge, give WestEd staff unique expertise in helping all learners — infants to adults — succeed in school and career.
WestEd staff meet the needs of our clients through research, evaluation, professional development, technical assistance, policy analysis, and other support.