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Turnaround Schools: The Role Of School Leaders


Jamie Fasteau, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor (Majority Staff)
Lindsay Hunsicker, Senior Education Policy Advisor, U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (Minority Staff) 
Thomas O’Brien, Principal, Brentwood High School (Brentwood, New York)
Lavonne Smiley, Principal, Tefft Middle School (Streamwood, Illinois)
Gerald Tirozzi, Executive Director, National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
Bob Wise, President, Alliance for Excellent Education

On July 15, 2010 the Alliance for Excellent Education and the National Association of Secondary School Principals cohosted a discussion about the role of school leaders in turning around low-performing schools. The MetLife Foundation-NASSP Breakthrough Schools project identifies, showcases, and recognizes middle and high schools that are high achieving or dramatically improving student achievement while serving large numbers of those students most at risk of dropping out. Brentwood High School and Tefft Middle School have been recognized by the Breakthrough Schools project as schools that have exemplified the core areas of collaborative leadership, personalization, and access to a rigorous and differentiated curriculum for all students.

The National Association of Secondary School Principals is the preeminent organization of and national voice for middle and high school principals, assistant principals, and aspiring school leaders.

The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC-based national policy and advocacy organization that works to improve national and federal policy so that all students can achieve at high academic levels and graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship in the twenty-first century.


Agenda PDF filePDF

Speaker Biographies PDF filePDF

NASSP and Alliance PowerPoint Presentation PDF filePDF

School Principal Recruitment and Training Act, a document from NASSP PDF filePDF


EPIC Research Paper PDF filePDF

Graduation Promise Act Summary PDF filePDF

LEARN Act Summary PDF filePDF

Success in the Middle Act Summary PDF filePDF

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