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TitleEmpowered Educators: A Design Guide for Texas Transformation Zones
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Table of Contents
Introduction .................................................................................................................................................. 2

Purpose of this Guide ................................................................................................................................ 3

Transformation Zones Overview................................................................................................................... 3

Examples of Governance Structures and Partnership Features in Texas .................................................. 5

Promising Strategies within the Four Pillars ............................................................................................. 7

Talent Strategy ...................................................................................................................................... 9

School Program Support ..................................................................................................................... 10

Partner-Operator Strategy .................................................................................................................. 10

Evidence-Based Strategies .................................................................................................................. 11

Existing Transformation Zones ................................................................................................................ 12

How to Design a Transformation Zone ....................................................................................................... 13

Guiding Questions and Key Considerations ............................................................................................ 13

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8. How can I select/develop a diagnostic review of each school in the zone?

The needs assessment or diagnostic should address all facets of the school environment that may

adversely affect student outcomes. However, also consider that an existing diagnostic can be adapted

or modified to a specific context depending on the district’s needs. For an example diagnostic, visit the

Center for School Turnaround’s “Diagnostic Review Rubric” 11.

9. What should I consider in aligning existing LEA resources to schools in the zone?

A Transformation Zone school should be united by a central vision for the future, and resources should

be aligned toward that vision12. Streamlining resources will ensure that strategies proposed under the

Transformation Zone do not conflict with strategies proposed elsewhere. Strategic alignment of

resources can also increase collaboration and decrease isolation of personnel. For example, districts

might consider leveraging Title I, Title II, or Title III funds to supplement innovative strategies. A district

might also consider speaking with philanthropic donors about the possibility of contributing to the

turnaround efforts.

10. How should we communicate about the zone to students, teachers, parents, and the community?

It’s never too early to gain buy-in from stakeholders on innovation school strategies. It is a best practice

to gain support from teachers, students, and parents for the short and long-run vision for school

improvement. When a policy change takes away a benefit or tradition it is likely to generate conflict and

be the subject of negotiation13. The likely advantages and disadvantages of any particular solution must

be discussed and evaluated when deciding upon a turnaround solution.






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