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June 04, 2012

Tips on Selecting a Turnaround Provider

I'm occasionally asked by district officials for a few words of advice on how to proceed when dealing with providers plying their turnaround wares. Given the priority attached to turnarounds nowadays, and the School Improvement Grant funds that districts have to spend, this is no small question. ...

September 21, 2011

Indiana's Phased Turnaround Model

Turnarounds are all the rage. Under the guiding hand of its stellar state chief, Tony Bennett, Indiana has recently tried out an interesting spin in its approach to tackling consistently low-performing schools. Due partly to necessity and partly to calculation, the plan includes a wrinkle or two I...

April 15, 2011

Changing the Turnaround Risk Calculus

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. We've reached the end of the "Rick Hess Straight Up" Turnaround Ta...

April 13, 2011

Extracting the DNA of the Successful School Turnaround

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. You can read more from Justin on his blog "Meeting the Turnaround Challenge" and follow him on Twitter at @juscohen. As I promised Monday, I intend to look at school turnaround throu...

April 11, 2011

What We Mean When We Say Turnaround

Note: Justin Cohen, president of the School Turnaround Group at Mass Insight Education, is guest-posting this week. Greetings "Straight Up" readers! Before I start, I want to thank Rick for having poor enough judgment to let me occupy this blog for the next week. In all seriousness, though, it's ...

March 30, 2011

Déjà Vu on the Whole "Turnaround" Thing?

For all the enthusiasm that school turnarounds are generating in some quarters, I've been consistently underwhelmed by the coherence or historical literacy of the would-be turnarounders. While a new bit of jargon--the term "turnaround" (can't you just feel the power?)--and $3.5 billion in designated...

February 07, 2011

The NFL's Humbling Lesson in Hiring Turnaround Leaders

Well, the football season is over. I have nothing to add regarding the Packers' victory, the mediocre slate of commercials, or on the implications of the impending lockout. Before we turn the page, though, there's one lesson worth drawing with an eye to turnarounds. Last week, New England coach B...

December 14, 2010

What the NFL Can Teach About School Turnarounds

The turnaround craze is boiling again, with the excited announcement that lots of districts are taking federal money and spending a lot of it on high schools. The Department of Ed enthusiastically proclaimed that 730 schools have begun implementing a School Improvement Grant turnaround model, and t...

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