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The Role of Technical Assistance in Turning Around Rural Schools: Lessons for ESSA Implementation

Rural schools face unique challenges when working to turn around low-performing schools, particularly when it comes to replacing principals and low-performing staff as well as engaging families and the community. Technical assistance may play a key role in overcoming these challenges.

This webinar recording explores how the experiences of rural schools who received School Improvement Grant (SIG) funding may inform state and local preparations for meeting the demands of school improvement efforts under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The webinar features Education Northwest’s Dr. Caitlin Scott, principal investigator of a 2016 study that surveyed principals of rural schools nationwide that were designated as in need of improvement and implemented the transformation model. Highlighting a key finding of the study, Scott explains the role of technical assistance in rural school turnaround efforts. She is joined by a panel of rural practitioners who share their experiences with technical assistance under SIG implementation.