Leading school turnaround is complex work, but research shows that there are specific competencies that school leaders need for successful turnaround efforts. This professional learning module can help regional comprehensive centers and state education agency staff learn how to use these competencies to recruit, select, and provide ongoing support to school principals working in a turnaround context. The material was developed through a partnership among four organizations: the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, The Center on School Turnaround, Public Impact, and University of Virginia (UVA) Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education. The module is divided into three parts:
Part 1: Understanding Turnaround Leader Competencies
- Acknowledge the unique challenges of leading school turnaround.
- Identify leader competencies and actions associated with turnaround success.
- Understand the importance of competencies in turnaround leader selection and development.
- Analyze school leader behaviors to identify evidence of competencies.
Part 2: Recruiting and Selecting Turnaround Leaders
- Understand the importance of competencies in recruiting and selecting turnaround leaders.
- Understand how to recruit leaders with competencies to turn around persistently low-performing schools.
- Design a competency-based interview and selection process for turnaround leaders.
- Assess and improve the recruitment and selection process to more effectively select turnaround leaders.
Part 3: Developing and Retaining Turnaround Leaders
- Determine district structures for principal support.
- Define the role and responsibility of the principal supervisor.
- Examine individual and district professional development structures.