This toolkit clarifies the spending rules that apply to supporting schoolwide improvement programs with Title I dollars, and provides considerations for states, school districts and schoolwide schools that want to rethink the way they use Title I funds.

District Self-Assessment Tool

This tool allows districts and local unions to analyze their existing CBA for the key contract elements in the conditions areas of People, Program, Time and Money.

CBA Negotiation Overview

This document summarizes some key points from the full publication, including an overview of the non-negotiable contract elements that must be negotiated to create the conditions for turnaround and the various options for contract modifications.

Negotiating For Change Toolkit

This main publication identifies the contract elements that must be bargained to create the conditions for successful turnaround; provides examples of states, districts and unions that have begun this challenging but necessary work to make all schools, for all children, highly effective learning environments, and; suggests strategies for districts and unions to pursue collaborative negotiation.

Forging Partnerships for Turnaround

This publication combines lessons learned from state RFP (Request for Proposal) processes used to identify Lead Partners. Partners play a critical role in advancing state and district turnaround strategies. Lead Partners, as defined by the STG, are private organizations or units of central offices on contract with the district or state to turn around schools. The RFP process is a critical first step used to vet and select partners to manage school turnaround efforts. This report combines key learnings including how to 1) design and manage the RFP process; 2) solicit proposals from potential partners; 3) review proposals; and 4) support district and school leaders as they select partners. These strategies are drawn from our observations of the field, interviews with state leaders, and in-depth experience working directly with states.

Data From The Field

This resource compiles data from successful turnaround schools across the country. The data suggest what is achievable in years 1, 2, etc. under a turnaround model and can inform benchmarks in other states, districts, and schools.

Metrics for Turnaround

This tool lists critical variables or metrics to track as part of a robust evaluation system. These metrics fall within 6 categories: (1) demographic data, (2) the school environment, (3) student achievement, (4) community perceptions, (5) instructional data, and (6) school facilities and resources.

Evaluating School Turnaround

This main publication provides a framework for evaluation in the context of turnaround and differentiates between leading and lagging indicators of improvement. It outlines a process for setting school goals, collecting aligned data, and using data to inform decision-making.

Securing the Capacity

This report explores how partners are currently used in schools and districts, and how different types of partners can be used to facilitate turnaround. Examples of various operating partners are provided and benchmarked against the Lead Turnaround Partner framework. The current partner market is also examined and recommendations for how to build the partner marketplace are provided.

A number of groundbreaking changes in the federal environment, most notably the introduction of Race to the Top, have led to dramatic changes in the state policy landscape for school turnaround. This publication analyzes these major changes and offers advice on how state policy can create optimal conditions for school turnaround.