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Flip This School

Develop a school improvement plan for leading school turnaround. Designed for school leaders and district administrators, as well as teacher leaders, Flip This School presents a framework to create a successful turnaround school and support continuous improvement.


  • Identify the unique needs of your school, and learn how to determine the best methods to address present conditions.
  • Understand the skill set needed for effectively leading school turnaround efforts.
  • Gain strategies for developing a data-gathering plan, and recognize the ways in which data is helpful for successful turnaround schools.
  • Examine the role of districts in school improvement planning and the school reform and turnaround process.
  • Consider how your school improvement plan can include strategies to improve school culture and provide opportunities for professional growth for teachers.
  • Learn how to effectively manage change as well as understand how teacher leadership teams contribute to the turnaround process.

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Chapter 1: Understanding Yourself as a Leader
Chapter 2: Understanding Essential Turnaround Actions
Chapter 3: Implementing Structures and Processes for Turnaround Success
Chapter 4: Assessing and Developing Your Leadership Skills
Chapter 5: Gathering Data About Your School
Chapter 6: Obtaining Commitment From the District
Chapter 7: Maintaining a Positive and Productive Culture
Chapter 8: Building Capacity
Chapter 9: Successfully Managing Change


Chapter 2

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9



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  • Buffum, A. (2017). Taking Action: A Handbook for RTI at Work. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree.
  • Eller, J. F., & Eller, S. A. (2011). Working With Difficult and Resistant Staff. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eller, J. F., & Eller, S. A. (2015). Score to Soar: Moving Teachers From Evaluation to Professional Growth. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.
  • Eller, J. F., & Eller, S. A. (2016). Thriving as a New Teacher: Tools and Strategies for Your First Year. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press.