Year 6 Project Overview: Massachusetts Best Practices In School Turnaround

For the past two years, NCC has assisted the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MA ESE) and a third party videographer in the development of videos documenting research based practices in low-performing schools that have led to significant gains in student achievement. A total of nine videos have been created for the Turnaround Practices in Achievement Gain Schools series and are used for professional learning purposes by MA ESE. This year, the Director of the Office of Effective Turnaround Practices has requested that NCC support the creation of two additional videos highlighting best practices in school turnaround.

NCC will work with MA ESE to: 1) identify the sites to be considered as engaging in best practices, 2) conduct day-long visits to schools to collect data on practices and analyze data to identify practices to feature in video, and 3) work with the videographer and MA ESE to conduct videotaping at the sites to capture the practices identified. NCC will then assist in reviewing video data, identifying footage that best captures practices, and develop an EDL (Edit Decision List) for the videographer to use in creating the videos. As a result of this work, MA ESE will have two videos highlighting best practices in inclusion and charter-district collaboration.

Progress to Date

  • NCC held a planning meeting with MA ESE School Turnaround leaders to formulate a plan for identifying: 1) research-based practice areas to capture, and 2) tasks, timelines, and deliverables for the production of the videos.

Research, Resources and Collaborations

Contact Person

For more information, contact Carol Keirstead at

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