Increase Your Performance and Get Out of School Turnaround Status

Partnering With You To Create Sustained Improvement and Exceed Standards

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Break the “In and Out” Cycle of Underachieving and Create a Sustainable Path Forward


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School turnaround interventions are too often a short-term fix, increasing scores temporarily. That puts your school in jeopardy of closing or becoming charter. At LSI, we work with you to make these changes permanent, creating a stable foundation for continued growth. This means:

  • Raising total school performance in one year
  • Enhancing core instruction
  • Increasing teacher retention
  • Decreasing student behavior referrals

Stay open. Stay public. Break the turnaround cycle and stay a vital part of your community.

Our Track Record for Turning Around Low-Performing Schools

100% Success Rate with Florida Partner Schools in 2019


Setting a Path for Sustainable Success

LSI’s School Turnaround Model

LSI’s program involves two comprehensive phases, creating a way out of the turnaround cycle.

Phase 1:
Establishing Supportive Conditions for Learning.

This phase ensures that the school has strong, supportive expectations, systems, and processes that foster rigorous teaching and learning for every student.

Phase 2:
Transformation of Core Instruction

This phase shifts the school to engaging, student-centered, standards-based learning. Teachers and school leaders build on a strong culture of team-based, mutual support to prepare students for success in the new economy of the 21st Century


Through These Two Phases, Your Schools Will Grow in Four Key Areas

Key Area 1:
Strengthen core instruction – the proactive response to state-level mandates

From the very start, we help you implement a proactive response to state-level mandates to quickly close educational achievement gaps. The path to this goal is equity and access to strong core instruction for all students.

Key Area 2:
Build strong leadership teams

Leadership is the most influential and critical element of a turnaround. We help you recruit and build strong leadership teams with the skills to foster a supportive climate for learning, effective classroom management, and high quality, engaging core instruction.

Key Area 3:
Establish a culture of collaboration

Collaborative teacher teams are the key to sustainable school improvement through strong core instruction. Agile teacher-led teams can swiftly identify and close learning gaps before they become achievement gaps.

Key Area 4:
Lead, teach, and learn informed by the right data

From principals to school leadership teams, teacher teams, and student academic teams, everyone is responsible to track and verify daily evidence of learning to the standards. These data drive coaching actions that result in rapid, measurably improved teaching and learning for all students.

30-day data review

We report our metrics every 30 days to ensure we are making progress and that we meet or exceed our plan for improvement, holding ourselves accountable to you.

Outcome-based reports

We provide clear, outcome-based reports and communication that can be used to share with all stakeholders

Communication and community meetings

Throughout the project, we conduct school board updates and community meetings to address issues and concerns before they arise and build a sense of trust.


As your trusted partner, we hold ourselves accountable to make sure you can break the cycle of low performance once and for all and launch your schools on a sustainable path to becoming models of rigorous instruction and student engagement.

Constant monitoring of progress and achievement of the goals outlined in the action plan

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Michelle Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

KEY ROLES: Director, School Turnaround, middle school teacher, building administrator, district curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent, and area superintendent – principal supervisor


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Turnaround Virtual Schools

Learn more about virtual learning programs

The need to turning around public schools only increases when virtual learning is required. Learn more about how we promote virtual learning as part of our turnaround programs.

Case Study: Lakewood Elementary School

Turning Around the Lowest Performing Traditional Public School in Florida

Prior to working with LSI, Lakewood had been the lowest-performing traditional public school in the state with a low “F” and a history of being a “D” or “F” school since 2013.

After a year of intensive work, Lakewood gained a hard-earned 7 percentage points out of the total possible points for their letter grade percentage and was 2 points shy from increasing their letter grade to a “D.”

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On the Florida Standards Assessment (FSA), Lakewood students made impressive gains.
ELA learning gains increased by 6 percent and mathematics learning gains increased by 7 percent.
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Student behavior referrals decreased by as much as 80 percent within one year
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Core teacher turnover at Lakewood Elementary School decreased by 55 percent in just one year.
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“It’s going to be really powerful in August when our scholars return, and all of our staff is here.”

Stephanie WoodfordPrincipal
Lakewood Elementary School, Pinellas County, FL

Foster Students’ Self-Control and Ownership of Their Own Behavior

When students are engaged, behavior referrals go down and classroom participation goes up. As a vital part of our turnaround programs, students will:

  • Collaborate on interdependent learning tasks that are rigorous and standards-based
  • Practice higher-level cognitive skills
  • Develop advanced social and emotional competence
  • Learn more resilience and self-efficacy

In short, students will learn skills that help them achieve in school, boost scores, and guide them toward the 21st-century. It’s creating education that resonates with teachers and students.

Student behavior referrals at Lakewood Elementary School decreased by as much as 80 percent compared to the previous year.


Empower Teachers as Instructional Experts, Peer Coaches, and Leaders

Teachers see rapid improvement in their students’ learning, engagement, and behavior as a direct result of their growing expertise in their instructional practice through:

  • PLCs that provide regular support through peer coaching and feedback, with teacher teams ensuring that everyone succeeds in moving student achievement forward.
  • Leadership development to guide and support their teams to continuously improved instruction.

Teachers form a strong sense of belonging and ownership of student learning at their schools once they experience the Schools for Rigor culture of high expectations, mutual accountability, collegial support, and engaged, self-regulated students

Core teacher turnover at Lakewood decreased by 55 percent in just one year.



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Michelle Fitzgerald, Ed.D.

KEY ROLES: Director, School Turnaround, middle school teacher, building administrator, district curriculum coordinator, assistant superintendent, and area superintendent – principal supervisor