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Going it alone can be risky, and that can be true for individual teachers asked to staff turnaround schools. But in Boston, Teach Plus, a nonprofit organization, is working with three turnaround schools to place teams of experienced teachers to make up a quarter of the staffs for each of the schools. "It's like jump-starting a culture at these schools," said Boston School Superintendent Carol R. Johnson, who sees value in having a set of enthusiastic but also experienced teachers in turnaround schools that have high percentages of first-and second-year teachers. Funding for Teach Plus, which helps to prepare the teams during the summer, is coming from the Gates Foundation. [More--The New York Times] (August 9)

Shawnee High School has a new name, the Academy @ Shawnee, and a new principal, Keith Look, with a tall order: turnaround a school that has a 60-percent graduation rate. He is heading one of six turnarounds in Jefferson County and getting help from the Kentucky Principals Academy at the University of Louisville and other supports are coming his way from the state education department and other resources. But before the school doors open this month, Look has to scrutinize and change the schedules of 100 Shawnee juniors and seniors who are enrolled in classes that won't result in credits they need to graduate. Education Week looks inside the turnaround efforts at the Academy @ Shawnee in a special series in the weeks to come. [More--Education Week] (August 4) (premium article access compliments of EdWeek.org)

In Prince George's County, Md., the theory of "two is better than one" is being tried at Gholson Middle School, a turnaround school about to open with a new faculty and staff. The two in this instance is the principal post, which will be shared by two seasoned local administrators who spent part of the past school year preparing for the uncommon role. They participated in the New Leaders for New Schools program, which allowed them to take an in-depth look at a county school needing reform and to devise a plan for it. The school they chose was Gholson and the two proposed the co-principal approach. Funding from a $1.5 million grant to Prince George's County from the U.S. Department of Education will help cover the costs. [More--The Washington Post] (July 29)

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Title Annotation:Innovations in the News
Publication:The Education Innovator
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Date:Aug 27, 2010
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