School Reset

To improve student outcomes, it is essential to create a space for reset moments — where counterproductive approaches can be discarded and replaced with effective practices and mindsets. Working intimately with district and school leadership, we use three tools to create these moments: leadership and design institutes, turnaround teams, and career ladders. While these programs work best simultaneously, the programs are also effective tools when rolled out independently.


Leadership and Design Institutes

School Empowerment Network partners with schools and districts to create and maintain internal leadership and design programs. Such institutes help school districts and charter networks train its educators to establish effective school models. We do this by:

  • Recruiting and training potential institute participants from outside and inside of the district
  • Working with selected leaders to develop the personal leadership skills that research shows is instrumental in school turnaround work
  • Providing ongoing support to ensure reset plans are being implemented effectively

Turnaround Teams

School leaders are positioned for stronger impact when they have aligned teams to help them drive the work. Turnaround teams enable principals to distribute leadership, generate greater buy-in for new initiatives and provide frequent and consistent feedback to teachers. SEN works with partners to create turnaround teams by:

  • Consulting with district and school leaders on policy and structures to enable team turnaround efforts
  • Recruiting educators to join turnaround teams
  • Training team members in change management, team dynamics, and classroom, school culture, and instructional leadership best practices

Career Ladders

The establishment of career ladders is vital in resetting struggling schools and districts. They attract, recognize and reward effective and ambitious teachers by creating clear paths toward leadership roles such as lead teachers or deans. SEN works with partners to establish and sustain an effective career ladder by:

  • Consulting with district and network leaders on the design of structure and policies to support it
  • Training teachers in classroom and instructional leadership best practices
  • Providing individual, on-site coaching to teacher leaders