Increasing the Number and Skills of Turnaround School Leaders USDOE


U.S. Department of Education


In 2009, the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) faced a major challenge to improving student outcomes in its low-performing schools: DCPS did not have enough principals with the necessary leadership skills to implement comprehensive turnaround efforts. To deal with the issue, DCPS developed a strategy not only to increase the skills of its current turnaround school principals but also to build the skills of a new generation of principals. Although the effort was sparked by the need to turn around 16 SIG schools, it is now the overarching strategy for DCPS’s 99 high-need schools.

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