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Create the World Class Schools Communities Want and Need

School actions are bold strategies districts can take to create, redesign, or restart schools that meet the unique needs of their communities.

School Actions for All Students and Communities

Across Texas, leaders in districts, schools, and communities have been working to improve the academic outcomes of children for decades. We now have an unprecedented opportunity to take actions that lead to more great options for students and communities.

School actions are holistic, evidence-based strategies that transform existing school models or create new options. School Actions are aligned with the Effective Schools Framework (ESF)including the use of high-quality instructional materials.

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School Actions as a Strategy for Transformation

There are multiple pathways to successful schools and we must pursue them all. At their core, successful schools share common features, illustrated by the Effective Schools Framework.

One size does not fit all. Through the annual portfolio planning process, district and schools leaders analyze community needs and school performance by campus and identify whether transformational and holistic changes are necessary. If so, School Actions are the right choice. Download details on School Actions, requirements and funding opportunities below.


Analyze School and Community Needs

School Performance, Community Need and District Capacity with ESF central to analysis

Match the Needs to the Right Pathway



School Improvement for Schools that Require Targeted Changes  



School Actions for Schools that Require Holistic Changes

High Quality Schools

Families want and deserve world class learning opportunities that meet their needs based on evidence-based strategies.


Potential investment to fund a one-year planning process and two-year continuation grant.


Customized and TEA matched technical assistance

School Action Types

The Center for School Actions (CSA) connects districts and schools with resources, tools, and guidance, to help plan aspirational, bold, and evidence-based school actions. Our staged learning process is designed to meet all districts where they are from learning about to taking bold actions.

Create a New School

Create a New School option designed to fill a gap in the community that is ESF-aligned, including high-quality instructional materials with new leadership and staff who are empowered to achieve success for students.

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Redesign a School

Redesign a School to support a school leader to develop and implement an innovative blended learning model that includes extended learning time and addresses social-emotional health.

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Restart a Struggling School

Restart a Struggling School to transform an existing school with new teams to implement a rigorous ESF-aligned turnaround model, including high-quality instructional materials, with a proven partner or the ACE model.

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Reassign Students

Reassign Students into higher quality schools after closing a low-performing school, ensuring students are supported in selecting a high quality school option and as they transition into new schools.

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More students in A and B rated schools

Better School options for Texas Students

Upcoming Events

Learn Webinar Recording 

Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021 - 10:00am CT

Did you miss the Learn Webinar? No problem, listen to the recorded session here. On this webinar participants:

  • Learned about School Actions in detail
  • Understood the support and resources available from the CSA





School Actions in Practice Recording

Thursday, Mar. 11 - 4:00pm CT

Please view the recording of our second webinar. On this webinar, participants:

  • Learned how to effectively plan School Actions
  • Understood how district panelists implemented School Actions





Select and Apply Webinars!

The School Action Fund Grant is open and applications are due 5/4! Sign up today for our upcoming webinars to select the right school actions learn about the application process!

Have questions? Want to schedule a one-on-one call? Contact us today!