The Virginia Department of Education needed a solution that would build continuous, sustained improvement for their struggling schools and ensure that all students maximize their academic potential. Beginning in 2010, Catapult Learning partnered with Virginia DOE to provide Alliance comprehensive turnaround solutions to over 15 priority and focus schools.
Our Solution: Alliance School Transformation
Delivered by a highly trained team with extensive local experience, Alliance Professional Development Solutions delivered a collaborative change management process aligned to Virginia Standards of Learning. After reviewing the schools strengths and challenges, the Alliance team developed a customized roadmap for each school that aligned with Virginia’s Seven State Turnaround Principles.
Using these principles as the foundation for an embedded, consultative approach and differentiated professional development, the Alliance team provided teachers and leaders with the tools and support necessary to execute real change. A customized plan was created using the Alliance School Development Rubric, which measures each school’s achievement of 21 Attributes of Exemplary Schools – the activities and processes seen in a well-run school that result in success for all learners.
Virginia’s Seven State Turnaround Principles
- Providing Strong Leadership
- Ensuring Effective Teachers & Instruction
- Redesigning the School Day/Week/Year
- Strengthening the Instructional Program
- Using Data
- Establishing a Positive Environment
- Provide a Mechanism for Family and Community Engagement