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  1. Virginia’s Turnaround Specialist Program The National Policy Forum on Education Policy Education Commission of the States Minneapolis, MN July 13, 1006 Dr. Linda M. Wallinger Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Virginia Department of Education

  2. Turnaround Specialist Program 2005-2006: 19 schools in 13school divisions

  3. Strong instructional leadership Dedicated, knowledgeable, qualified teachers Instruction aligned to content standards Structured system of formative and summative assessment and evaluation A commitment to providing solid instruction for all students, with extra assistance for struggling students. Elements Common to Virginia’s Efforts to Turn Around Low-Performing Schools

  4. Turnaround Specialist Program • Executive education and school leadership program to develop a cadre of school administrators who are trained to turn around low-performing schools • Based on principles of both business and education management

  5. Turnaround Specialist Program • Developed and delivered by the University of Virginia Partnership for Leaders in Education • Microsoft Corporation joined as a partner in fall 2004 • Educational Turnaround Specialist Credential • Outcome-based, three-level process • Credential awarded to 8 Turnaround Specialists in January 2006

  6. Turnaround Specialist Program • Eligible Schools • Have not been accredited or have not made Adequate Yearly Progress for at least three consecutive years • Eligible Applicants • Energy • Action Premise • Results Oriented • Personal Responsibility • Reliance on Others • Knowledge and Love of Schools

  7. Training • Several training modules • For Turnaround Specialists, their school leadership teams, and central office leaders • Coursework, case studies, discussions founded in proven business and education management strategies

  8. Support Network • Turnaround Advisors • Assist in setting performance targets, developing strategies and providing support • Web conferences • Mid-Year and Year-End Assessment Conferences

  9. Incentives • Bonus - $5,000 upon completion of Level II credential • Salary differential – percentage of prevailing salary in the school division • Schoolwide incentive funding – State share of $50 per student

  10. Cohort I Turnaround Specialist Program Schools Increased Student Achievement in Reading

  11. Cohort I Turnaround Specialist Program Schools Increased Student Achievement in Mathematics

  12. 70% of Cohort I Turnaround Specialist Program Schools Made AYP in 2005

  13. Cohort I Turnaround Specialist Program Schools Improved in English and Mathematics

  14. Other Virginia Programs Targeting Low-Performing Schools • Partnership for Achieving Successful Schools (PASS) • Project Graduation • School-Level AcademicReviews • Division-Level Academic Reviews • Virginia Middle School Teacher Corps • Teacher Incentives in Hard-to-Staff Schools

  15. For More Information Dr. Linda Wallinger Assistant Superintendent for Instruction (804) 225-2034 or Linda.Wallinger@doe.virginia.gov