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Turning Around a Low-Performing High School: Learning from the Story of Jones Senior High School

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Authors:   Pascal Mubenga, Laura Fleming, Julie Edmunds

Turning around a low-performing school is complex and challenging work. This monograph tells the story of Jones Senior High School, a rural school that increased its achievement from less than 65% passing to approximately 90% passing. Included in this monograph are tips and tools that were developed by the principal and instructional coach who led the turnaround.

For More Information Contact: Julie Edmunds

Product Specifics

Publisher: SERVE Center at UNCG
Number of pages: 63
Price: $0.00

Audience:

Policymakers, Administrators, Teachers

Key Ideas:

  • Implement some strategies that create "quick wins" to help signal change and create buy-in from staff.
  • Develop a collective vision to increase coherence and buy-in for the changes that need to take place.
  • Create a culture of trust and respect among staff.
  • Focus on academics.
  • Use data as a foundation for decision-making.
  • Celebrate successes.

Ways to use:

  • Guiding schoolwide discussions
  • Selecting and creating a leadership team
  • Improving scheduling
  • Addressing curriculum changes
  • Guiding data-driven decision-making
  • Creating stakeholder buy-in

APA Citation:

Mubenga, P., Fleming, L., and Edmunds, J. (2013). Turning Around a Low-Performing High School: Learning from the Story of Jones Senior High School. Greensboro, NC: SERVE Center