Miles from Home: Transforming the Poorest, Most Expansive School Districts in New Mexico

13 Pages Posted: 27 Nov 2018 Last revised: 1 Mar 2019

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June A. West

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Shea Gibbs

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

Abstract

What specific actions can a school district take to spur dramatic improvement? This case details a partnership between the school board of one of the poorest-performing educational districts in New Mexico and the University of Virginia's Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education (Darden/Curry PLE). The Darden/Curry PLE turnaround approach helps transform low-performing schools into high-performing schools and allows administrators to identify and contextualize their most pressing issues and focus on cultivating sustainable change. In the Gallup-McKinley school district, the turnaround process faced challenges and resistance, even from stakeholders within the district. But administrators were motivated to identify the root cause of the district's struggles through data-driven instruction and committed to making the turnaround initiative work. Four years after the start of the Darden/Curry PLE intervention, Gallup-McKinley was number one among the largest New Mexico districts in English language arts two-year proficiency growth and number three in math two-year proficiency growth. What could school administrators around the country learn about the leadership and instruction changes necessary to overcome the challenges and barriers confronting low-performing school districts?

Excerpt

UVA-BC-0266

Rev. Feb. 28, 2019

Miles from Home: Transforming the Poorest,

Most Expansive School Districts in New Mexico

Mike Hyatt's mentor was out.

It was 2016, and Gallup-McKinley County Schools (Gallup-McKinley) district superintendent Frank Chiapetti, who'd made Hyatt his assistant superintendent just two years earlier, had clashed with several members of the local school board. The superintendent who'd come in to shake everything up in the struggling New Mexico school district was being let go.

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Keywords: education, educational leadership, school turnaround, leadership, talent management, differentiated support, accountability, instructional infrastructure, Darden/Curry Partnership for Leaders in Education, New Mexico Public Education Department, district shepherd, data-driven instruction, formative assessment, behavioral event interview, Gallup-McKinley

Suggested Citation

West, June A. and Gibbs, Shea, Miles from Home: Transforming the Poorest, Most Expansive School Districts in New Mexico. Darden Case No. UVA-BC-0266. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3291186

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Shea Gibbs

University of Virginia - Darden School of Business

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Charlottesville, VA 22906-6550
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