Regional Talent For Turnaround Leadership Academy

The Northeast Comprehensive Center (NCC) serves as co-leader of the Talent for Turnaround Leadership Academy (T4TLA). In collaboration with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders (GTL Center), the Center on School Turnaround (CST), and the West Comprehensive Center, we design and provide strategic support to State and Local Education Agency teams to attract, support, and retain educator talent in high-need, low-performing schools.

T4TLA was launched in December 2016 to support leadership teams from 9 states and 15 districts. As of October, 2018, T4TLA supports 7 states and 14 districts. In addition to providing leadership for the national technical assistance project, NCC provides ongoing assistance to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) and the Central Falls School District (CFSD).

At the national level, our activities include:

  • Designing and facilitating in-person and virtual convenings to share research and best practice, and to support SEA-LEA teams to:
    • Assist T4TLA SEA-LEA teams to use evidence-based strategies for addressing gaps in the talent pipeline for low performing schools.
    • Collect and analyze formative and summative data to determine the effectiveness of implementation and then improve their strategies to attract, support, and retain excellent educators in the highest need schools.
    • Delve into content related to priority strategies, such as Induction and Mentoring, teacher and principal leadership, and informed by teams’ “problems of practice.”

At the state level, our activities include:

  • Designing and facilitating monthly work sessions of the RIDE-CFSD team to:
    • Develop and support implementation of a research based strategic plan for addressing teacher attrition through the design and implementation of a Comprehensive Induction Program for teachers in their first and second years.
    • Utilize a continuous improvement cycle by gathering, analyzing, and using data to track progress and make adjustments as needed.
    • Address leader attrition through root cause analyses, research, and development of a long-term strategic plan.

Our Team

  • Carol Keirstead
  • Kathy Dunne
  • Andrea Reade

Contact Carol Keirstead or Kathy Dunne for more information.