Turnaround School Leaders Program


Discretionary Grants

Program Description

The Turnaround School Leaders Program supports projects to develop and implement or enhance and implement a leadership pipeline that selects, prepares, places, supports, and retains school leaders (which may include leadership teams) for School Improvement Grant (SIG) schools and/or SIG-eligible schools in a local educational agency (LEA) or consortium of LEAs.

Types of Projects

Under this program grantees will develop systems at the LEA level to:

  • Recruit and select promising current and prospective school leaders with the competencies necessary to turn around a SIG school or SIG-eligible school;
  • Provide high-quality training to selected school leaders to prepare them to successfully lead turnaround efforts in SIG schools and/or SIG-eligible schools;
  • Place school leaders in SIG schools and/or SIG-eligible schools and provide them with ongoing professional development and other support that focuses on instructional leadership and school management and is based on individual needs consistent with the LEA’s plan for turning around its SIG schools and/or SIG-eligible schools; and
  • Retain effective school leaders, using financial or other incentives, and replace ineffective school leaders.

Contact Information

  • Charm L. Smith, Team Lead
    Well Rounded Programs, OESE
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW., Room 3E235
    Washington, DC 20202