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CSF 1: Improve Academic Performance
Academic performance is the foundational Critical Success Factor. By ensuring the CSFs of teacher quality, effective leadership, data driven instructional decisions, productive community and parent involvement, efficient use of learning time, and maintaining a positive school climate, campuses can increase performance for all students. All of these research-based measures, when taken as a whole, are keys to continuous school improvement.
Supporting Components
Key strategies establish the foundation for each Critical Success Factor. The activities supporting each CSF must be thoughtfully developed by stakeholders to ensure each campus initiative is successful. The strategies noted here, when implemented correctly, can support the development of each Critical Success Factor. While the following is not a definitive list, the evidence-based components provided here are proven to show a high rate of success.
  • Data-driven Instruction
  • Curriculum Alignment (Horizontal and Vertical)
  • On-going Monitoring of Instruction
ESEA Turnaround Principle: Strengthen the School's Instructional Program
Strengthening the school's instructional program based on student needs and ensuring that the instructional program is research-based, rigorous, and aligned with state academic content standards

Web pages:
TAIS resources

Texas Comprehensive Center

Public Impact

School Turnaround Learning Community

Center on Great Teachers and Leaders

ESC-20 Family Engagement Webpage

The Role of School Leaders in Turning Around the Lowest-Performing High Schools
This policy brief examines the limitations of past high school reforms and describes new approaches showing promise in producing changes in teaching and learning. It focuses on the central role of school leaders in creating learning environments that can engage and support all students. The brief concludes with a set of policy recommendations for the design of coherent systems to build human capital and foster the conditions for high school transformation.

Teachers: From Good to Great
This report helps to fill these gaps through a first-of-its-kind exploratory survey of National and State Teachers of the Year. The Authors offer insights on the professional experiences and supports that these teachers believe most contributed to their growth and eventual excellence as a teacher.


And What Do You Mean by Learning
Seymour B. Sarason

The Fourth Way: The Inspiring Future for Educational Change
Andrew Hargreaves and Dennis L. Shirley

Session Offerings

Sessions offered at Education Service Center, Region 20, are available for registration at Connect20

Additionally, customized sessions are available for campuses and districts.

For more information, please contact Shannon Allen (210)370-5481.

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