District Turnaround Leadership Initiative (DTLI)

The Need

A systemic approach to school turnaround is fundamental to addressing district systems in need of change and building staff capacity for transformative leadership to scale up the work that advances improved instructional practice and student outcomes at struggling schools. Such integrated processes, structures, and supports enable district and school leaders to bring to fruition what is possible and together rethink, reignite, redesign, and realize successful transformation at various levels of a district. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) contracted with the University of Virginia–School Turnaround Program (UVA-STP) to implement this approach in one district, with the goal of identifying and replicating best practices more broadly in the state.

TXCC Response

TXCC provided technical assistance to support TEA‘s development and implementation of the District Turnaround Leadership Initiative (DTLI) in collaboration with TEA’s contractor, UVA-STP. DTLI resulted in a blueprint for a comprehensive turnaround program for Texas that builds district capacity to support school improvement by strengthening four essential systemic levers: leadership, instructional infrastructure, support and accountability, and talent management. In September 2016, TXCC staff facilitated a meeting with the TEA Core Team and UVA-STP project staff to develop a plan for scaling the tenets of the UVA model statewide.