Office of the Superintendent

National Forum on School Turnaround to be Held in Helena

Monday, March 8, 2010, 5:00 pm

Montana educators and policymakers are invited to attend a free institute on turning around chronically low-performing schools on March 24, 2010, at the Best Western Great Northern Hotel in Helena.  The event, sponsored by REL Northwest at Education Northwest and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), features Dr. Sam Redding, Director of the National Center on Innovation & Improvement.  Those interested in attending can register online at
Redding is one o the authors of the IES practice guide Turning Around Chronically Low-Performing Schools.  He will discuss the evidence behind the guide's four recommendations for school turnaround:
1. Signal the need for dramatic change with strong leadership.
2. Encourage staff to maintain a consistent focus on improving instruction.
3. Make "quick win" improvements that are visible and important.
4. Employ strategies for building a committed staff.
A panel of Montana principals will also discuss their challenges and successes in turning around low achievement at their schools.  Small table discussions will allow event participants to share their own experiences.
This forum, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., is designed for leaders of Montana elementary and secondary schools facing improvement status.  However, all principals interested in school improvement are welcome.  Principals are encouraged to bring their superintendent or other district and school leaders.  School coaches, school improvement facilitators, and state-level staff members responsible for school and district improvement are also welcome.  For more information on the event, contact Meg Waters at 800-547-6339, ext. 635 or
REL Northwest is operated by Education Northwest, formerly the Northwest Regional Education Laboratory.  Founded in 1966, the nonprofit Education Northwest works to support educators; strengthen schools and districts; engage families and communities; and conduct research, evaluation, and assessment.  For more information, please visit

For more information, contact Meg Waters, 800-547-6339 ext. 635