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School Actions Overview

Understand Your Options

School actions are bold strategies districts can take to create, redesign or restart schools that meet the unique needs of their communities using models aligned with the Effective Schools Framework (ESF) and high-quality instructional materials

Districts have options that vary in how they impact governance, school leadership and staff, school models, and students.

Districts can select the school actions that best meets the needs of their students by exploring the opportunities each action type provides and using the links below to better understand how to take each action. The Center for School Actions is here to support districts and schools to learn about and select the best option.

School Action Type

Managed By

Leadership & Staff

School Model

Students

Redesign School
District's Board
Same
New: Blended Learning
Same
Restart: Partner- Managed
Partner's Board
New
New
Same
Restart: ACE Model
District's Board
New
New: ACE
Same
New School: District- Managed
District's Board
New
New: District Designed
Mostly New
New School: Partner- Managed
Partner's Board
New
New
Mostly New
New School: SEN Middle School
District's Board
New
New: SEN
Mostly New
Reassign to Higher Performing Schools
District's Board
N/A
N/A
Transition

 

School Actions

Create a New School

Create a new school option designed to fill a gap in the community. The district can design and manage the new school or may select a partner organization to lead the school. New schools will provide an ESF-aligned model, use high-quality instructional materials, and hire new leadership and staff who are empowered to achieve success. Districts may open the school in an existing facility one grade at a time or in a new building. Learn more about options to create a new school.

Redesign a School

Support an entrepreneurial school leader to develop and implement an inspiring blended learning model. Districts create and manage an ESF-aligned model that utilizes blended learning and high-quality instructional materials, addresses mental health and social resiliency, provides high-dosage tutoring, and offers extended learning time. Districts may implement their redesign model in one school or across a group of schools. Learn more about how to redesign a school.

Restart a School

Transform existing schools and student learning opportunities with new leadership and staff to implement a rigorous turnaround model. Districts can lead the school restart or select a proven partner to manage the school and may use the ACE (Accelerating Campus Excellence) model or another evidence-based approach. The model will be ESF-aligned, utilize high-quality instructional materials, and offer extended learning time. Learn more about how to restart a school.

Reassign Students

Transition students into higher quality schools, ensuring students are supported. If districts decide to close a low performing school, they can support the thoughtful reassignment of students into existing A or B schools by communicating with and engaging impacted families, providing new school options to students, and allocating resources to the students’ new schools to ensure a smooth transition. Learn more about how to reassign and support students at a higher-performing school.