Based on the evidence that simply implementing "continuous improvement" is not enough to close the achievement gap, The Turnaround Toolkit provides a nine-step formative evaluation programme designed to achieve an immediate and consistent focus on improving instruction in order to bolster student achievement. In a straightforward and accessible fashion, Herman and Winters explain three overarching "Turnaround Tasks" that frame these steps and the necessary—and sometimes drastic—actions that must be taken by school leaders as they use data to strategically choose, implement, monitor, and revise school interventions.
A dedicated, online "toolkit" offers numerous worksheets and templates that support each stage of the process and help school leaders scaffold the work of educators to put an aggressive turnaround plan into action while a leadership guide at the end of the book provides guidance to turnaround teams and facilitators.
The purpose of the web-based tools on this site is to provide you with templates and downloadable materials to support your work. We encourage you to modify these to fit your local needs. This website will be updated periodically with additional tools developed by users for the benefit of the "turnaround community." If you have created protocols, templates, or instructional material you have found useful in working with schools and are willing to share these, please submit them to us and share them with your colleagues.