This four-part series follows one former superintendent turned principal’s ambitious reform efforts at one urban middle school in Richmond, Virginia.
Parke Land is facing the biggest challenge of his career. After 31 years as a principal in some of Virginia’s top performing suburban public high schools, Land has moved to the inner city to try his hand at ‘turning around’ a struggling middle school.
Boushall Middle School in Richmond, Virginia, has a failure rate of nearly 50% in reading. Three out every four students live in poverty, and teachers say that discipline is their biggest problem. Boushall is exactly what Land was looking for when he signed up one year ago for Virginia’s “Turn Around Specialist Program”.
This series has received a Silver Plaque, Emmy nomination, and a Cine Golden Eagle Award.
This program is made possible by the following funders:
Grade Level Reading Fund of the Tides Foundation, The Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Foundation, The Wallace Foundation, and The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.
What does it take to turn around a struggling school? John Merrow sits down with three ‘turnaround specialists’ to find out. Listen to the story.
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