Turnaround DNA

Part 2 of my “Rick Hess Straight Up” blog stint is live. It’s got a fun Platonic dialogue (sort of) … here’s a taste:

It’s easy to see how districts end up relying on amazingly talented principals who routinely break the rules when the rules are designed to produce incremental improvements at most schools… not to produce dramatic improvement in the few chronically failing schools. It’s probably easiest for districts to “look the other way” while their most talented turnaround artists skirt established rules, rather than reworking decades’ worth of policies. As long as these principals have the tacit approval of someone within the system – whether it’s the superintendent him-/herself or the community being served – they can usually get away with pushing boundaries.

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