Tailored Support Helps Struggling Schools Turn Around

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Over the last few years, WestEd school transformation experts have collaborated with several schools in Buffalo, New York, to help them boost student achievement and move off a list of schools in danger of being placed in state receivership.

Because every site has a unique context and culture, WestEd’s work is tailored to the needs of each individual school. For instance, at PS 198 International Preparatory School, WestEd staff have collaborated with educators to redefine how they use their common planning time.

“Our teachers have come to realize how much they can learn from each other when given the time and structure to work together in meaningful ways,” says Danielle Cugalj, an assistant principal at PS 198.

Read this recently published R&D Alert Online article to learn about the school turnaround work taking place in Buffalo as well as the key principles to carrying out effective school improvement work.

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