School Turnaround Programs
ED offers 5 levels of Tiered Academic Leadership. For schools requiring a short term outside partner to acquire governance of a school, Educational Directions offers a limited External Operator (EO) service level.
Most Intervene Schools or Schools nearing Intervene Status would start with the full Academic Management Organization (AMO) option and then design a Phase Our strategy to lessen services as school capacity is increased and the leadership and educational principles are institutionalized. Our approach has both an immediate impact but also sustainability once we are gone.
We firmly believe there is no "blanket solution" to improving results in your situation. We customize each program to maximize results.
Academic Leadership Levels
Our programs can be one of these five models, or a mixture of different service levels in order to create the most efficient and beneficial partnership for your school, district, or state school system.
The External Operator (EO) model is our highest level of support. Usually, this option is chosen when complying with state or county requirement of using an external operator for a school’s turnaround option plan.
An EO runs the school, oversees the school budget, works on staff placement, and runs much more of the operations of the school than an AMO. The goal is to be an EO intervention level for as short a time as possible and return the governance and primary control to the district. With this in mind, Educational Directions will contract many of the operations, human resources, building maintenance, transportation, food service, and ground services to the district to ease the transition back to district control, hopefully, the following year. Educational Directions will also continue to use the district as the fiscal agent for the school and maintain teacher benefits and retirement within the district.
At this level, Ed Directions sends in a leadership coach to run a school’s academic program, oversee operations of the school, set the culture and climate, and direct ad-hoc and strategic planning. The coach will work closely with district and state oversight personnel to ensure compliance with all data tracking and reporting requirements.
The coach is on site from a minimum of 80 days to a maximum of 100 days depending on the level contracted. While at the school, the coach directs academic decision making, visits classes, leads planning and data discussions, brokers targeted PD for teachers and leadership, monitors teaching and learning, manages the school data room and directs for successful transitions by staff and students. He or she is assisted by an Ed Directions support team which includes a data/technology coach, academic coaches, leadership trainers and teaching/learning trainers.
While in the program, the school receives training for the leadership team and embedded professional development (PD) for teachers and school leadership.