—Inside School Turnarounds by Laura Pappano, Harvard Education Press. Excerpt here in the Harvard Education Letter.
—The Big Fix, GothamSchools and WNYC, ongoing.
—In the South End, a ‘Last-Ditch Effort’ to Save a School by Bianca Vazquez Toness, WBUR.
—Firing Everyone, Even the Lunch Ladies, to Fix Failing Schools by Linda Lutton, WBEZ.
—Focus on School Turnarounds, Philadephia Public School Notebook, and their Renaissance Schools coverage.
—Coverage of Central Falls High School by Jennifer D. Jordan and Linda Borg in the Providence Journal.
—Changes Take Hold at Chicago’s First Turnaround School by Maureen Kelleher, Focus on Instruction Turns Around Chicago Schools by Dakarai Aarons, and a whole slew of older Education Week coverage by Lesli Maxwell (who has since left).
—The Toughest Assignment by Stephanie Banchero, Chicago Tribune.
If you expand your scope to research and analysis, there is a lot more to read:
—Turning Around the Nation’s Lowest-Performing Schools by Karen Baroody, Center for American Progress.
—Beyond the School by Joel Knudson et al., California Collaboration on District Reform.
—Unlikely Allies by Elena Silva and Susan Headden, Education Sector.
—Are Bad Schools Immortal? by David A. Stuit, Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
—The School Turnaround Field Guide by Jeff Kutash et al., FSG Social Impact Advisers.
—Restructuring “Restructuring” by Robert Manwaring, Education Sector.
—The Turnaround Fallacy by Andy Smarick, Education Next.
—Successful School Turnarounds by Julie Kowal et al., Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.
—Breaking the Habit of Low Performance by Dana Brinson and Lauren Morando Rhim, Center on Innovation & Improvement.
—Turning Around Failing Schools: Leadership Lessons from the Organizational Sciences, Joseph Murphy and Coby V. Meyers, Corwin Press.
—Managing More Than a Thousand Remodeling Projects by Caitlin Scott, Center on Education Policy.
—The Turnaround Challenge by Andrew Calkins et al., Mass Insight.