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Vol. 3 No. 1 (2024): Education Law and Policy Briefs Journal - 2024

School Enhancement: An Alternative to “School Turnaround”

May 11, 2022


School accountability measures have resulted in initiatives for school turnaround reform. In an effort to address issues surrounding school turnaround and enhancement, a think tank was conducted by a research center at a Tier 1 research university along with experts and practitioners in the field. A qualitative content analysis was conducted on the transcripts to identify key themes that emerged from the discussion. Four themes emerged regarding characteristics of effective school enhancement:  leadership, capacity building, root cause analysis, and unity of purpose. Implications for practice included nurturing unity of purpose across the school community, building capacity of faculty and staff, establishing strong instructional leadership, intentionality in the school improvement process, and implementing a continuous school improvement process.