In a time when school accountability is looming, the call for rapid school improvement is ever present. “School turnaround” implies the need for abrupt change. However, the overused term quite possibly causes many working systems and successful instructional practices to be unnecessarily interrupted. Although low performing schools definitely need a leader with a sense of urgency, taking the time to assess what IS working before making abrupt changes will save time in the long run.
In a nutshell…. great leaders listen first!