Whole School reform Services
School turnaround and transformation is defined as “a dramatic and comprehensive intervention in low-performing schools that produces significant gains in achievement within two years…and readies the school for the longer process of transformation into a high-performance organization.” NAEP has implemented such projects across the nation with data to show for it.
Such school reform requires both systemic change and a paradigm shift. There are many different bodies of evidence, philosophies of reform, and even models of school reform—but investing in school improvement through research-based, proven strategies is indisputably the path to sustained success and thus the foundation to NAEP’s approach.
Due to the unique nature of these projects, NAEP works diligently with district and school personnel to customize an appropriate project plan, often containing elements of Leader Development, Teacher Development, and some or all of the following components:
NAEP launches each of its whole school reform efforts with a comprehensive school needs assessment process using its proprietary school diagnostic framework. This process identifies strengths and weaknesses for each of the research-based indicators of an effective school and drives the development of a transformational action plan that guides and monitors the impact of school improvement initiatives. The Needs Assessment process is executed via a very clear 5-step process that includes: (1) Orientation Session with School Leadership and Faculty; (2) a Survey-Based Self-Assessment Process; (3) Classroom Walkthroughs and School Program Analysis; (4) Debriefing; and (5) Action Planning and yields baseline data that is used to progress monitor all subsequent reform efforts.
Intervention Support and Management (Response to Intervention) – Whether through digital media or a finite intervention class, NAEP guides client stakeholders from student identification, to course/program development, to effort effectiveness analysis. Common/Formative Assessment – More than ever, assessment and the use of student performance tasks MUST drive instructional optimization. NAEP works with school educators to ensure that assessment use is a targeted, outcome-driven process as opposed to a random sequence of tests. Student Intervention and Enrichment Programs – Whether for academic or extra curricular purposes, NAEP supports schools in maximizing the value of supplemental instructional time to best fit student need and school capacity.
Shared Leadership and Accountability Framework – As schools transition to autonomy models across the nation, NAEP facilitates the establishment of mechanisms and models productive protocols to empower stakeholders and prevent old habits from preventing the attainment of new school reform goals.District Collaboration – Through streamlining the implementation of district-based initiatives and building an efficient link and set of expectations between district and school, NAEP ensures that district expectations are met while avoiding a bottleneck effect and/or gaps in communication.