A Professional Pathway for Growing Turnaround Leadership Capacity in the District USDOE


U.S. Department of Education


District leaders in Huntsville City Schools (Alabama) identified school leadership as the key to turning around the district’s lowest performing SIG schools. The challenge of hiring leaders who possess the necessary skills and experience to turn around SIG schools prompted the district to improve its principal recruitment strategy and begin building the skills of current Huntsville educators and administrators. Now, the Huntsville leadership pathway strategically features multiple entry points for both aspiring turnaround principals and current administrators to participate in individualized, group, and districtwide leadership development supports. The effort that began as a need to identify leaders in the SIG schools expanded as an effort to ensure the quality and fit of school principals in all of the district’s Title I schools.

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