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The U.S. Department of Education has produced a series of videos that claim to demonstrate how several school districts have turned around low-performing schools by using the four models recommended by the U.S Department of Education’s $4 billion Title I School Improvement Grant program. The videos consist of interviews with school administrators, parents, teachers, and students discussing the dramatic changes in student achievement and overall school improvements. The five schools that the Department highlights in the videos are George Hall Elementary School in Mobile, Alabama, Pickett Middle School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Hamilton County School District, Locke Senior High School in Los Angeles, California, Harvard School of Excellence and James Johnson Public School in Chicago, Illinois.

Funds for these school improvements are available through the Title I School Improvement Grant Program. Local school districts compete for the funds while classifying what they want to change, and then determining which of four models is most appropriate for their particular needs:

  • Transformation Model: Replace the principal and improve the school through comprehensive curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
  • Turnaround Model: Replace the principal, screen existing school staff, and rehire no more than half the teachers; adopt a new governance structure; and improve the school through curriculum reform, professional development, extending learning time, and other strategies.
  • Restart Model: Convert a school or close it and re-open it as a charter school or under an education management organization.
  • School Model: Close the school and send the students to higher-achieving schools in the district.

In total, 19 states have received School Improvement Grant funds in efforts to turnaround their lowest-performing schools. In spring 2010, $3.5 billion will be made available to states for school turnarounds. This is available through the Department of Education’s 2009 budget and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Watch the Title I School Improvement Grant videos and let NSSEA know your thoughts and for more information about the Title I School Improvement Grant Program, visit http://www2.ed.gov/programs/sif/index.html.

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