Sustaining Turnaround at Scale Summit Briefs

Education Resource Strategies, March 15, 2012

A major effort is underway in school districts across the country to improve the academic performance of students at the lowest-achieving schools. With this backdrop, Education Resource Strategies held a summit in October 2011, Sustaining Turnaround at Scale, that brought together central office leaders and principals from eight districts, as well as attendees from organizations that partner with turnaround schools and influence the conversation about turnaround.

The first brief summarizes some of the major discussions and findings from the convening. The second brief compiles and analyzes the findings and addresses the critical question: How can districts use SIG and other, often temporary resources, to build lasting change that improves both student performance in target schools and district systems to keep schools from failing in the first place? 

Turnaround Brief #1: Series Overview (PDF)

Turnaround Brief #2: Investing for Sustainable Turnaround (PDF)

Summit Participants:


  • Boston Public Schools
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
  • Chicago Public Schools
  • Cincinnati Public Schools
  • Denver Public Schools
  • District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Duval County Public Schools
  • Providence Public School Department


  • Academy of Urban School Leadership
  • Achievement Network
  • The Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University
  • The Aspen Institute
  • Blueprint Schools Network
  • Citizen Schools
  • City Connects
  • City Year
  • Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Council of Chief State School Officers
  • The Education Trust
  • Mass Insight Education
  • National Center for Time and Learning
  • New Leaders for New Schools
  • New Schools Venture Fund
  • The New Teacher Project
  • ReNEW
  • Say Yes to Education
  • Strategic Grant Partners
  • TeachPlus
  • Turnaround for Children
  • U.S. Department of Educatio
  • University of Virginia