Our Approach

Principal’s Exchange’s inside-out approach to systems transformation supports districts, clusters of schools, and individual schools through five improvement phases that create an equity-grounded, data-informed framework for sustainable gains in academic achievement across every student demographic at scale.

Phase 1: Diagnostic Analysis

We cultivate relationships of mutual trust with our partners to develop a deep understanding of their systems and practices by:

  • Facilitating site visits, student shadowing, and staff focus groups
  • Analyzing current and historical student data
  • Utilizing a systems perspective to help our partners identify their specific success and challenge areas
  • Presenting our recommendations for actionable strategies to build and inspire momentum for systems transformation in both the short and long term.
  • Building a framework for a tailored transformation plan that maps how our partners advance from where they are to where they aspire to be.

Phase 2: Data Driven System Building

We provide schools and districts with a robust suite of systems transformation strategies and tools to effectively manage the processes that routinely guide, track, and measure their progress at each stage of their transformation plan. Key areas that we support include:

  • Strategic planning, goal-setting, progress monitoring, budget and resource management, and Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) alignment
  • Setting board, faculty, student, and parent policies and expectations
  • Aligning curriculum content and instructional sequence to Common Core and grade level standards
  • Aligning counselor and wraparound supports to desired student success metrics
  • Building collaborative, transparent, and accountable teaching, counseling, and leading cultures

Phase 3: Leadership Development

We work with administrators, coaches, teachers, and counselors on developing, modeling, and sustaining equity-grounded mindsets and practices in every aspect of their work with students and with each other. We leverage the insights from our Discovery Analysis, utilizing an equity lens to help our partners peel back different layers within their systems to identify the conditions that create barriers to student success. We then provide comprehensive and ongoing professional development to support the implementation of student-centered solutions that address each barrier to ensure:

  • Culturally responsive systems, practices, and pedagogy
  • Equitable classroom management, disciplinary policies, and practices
  • Equitable class placements, program offerings, and learning plans that inspire high expectations for every student
  • Quantitative and qualitative data analytics and support strategies

Phase 4: Effective Teaching and Instructional Improvement

We collaborate with administrators, coaches, and teachers in utilizing research-based strategies, best practices, and tailored approaches to accelerate student achievement and success. These include:

  • 5-day Summer Training Institutes for administrators, coaches, teachers, and counselors staff each year
  • Standards-based curriculum alignment, goal-setting, and instructional planning
  • High-impact, low-lift instructional tools and resources
  • Common learning assessment design and evaluation
  • Deep-dive data reflection sessions (at least 5x per year)
  • Team planning and collaboration sessions (at least 2x per month)

Phase 5: College and Career Guidance Alignment (Middle Schools + High Schools)

We collaborate with school and district guidance staff and administrators to create systems and practices that ensure students achieve key college and career readiness milestones.

  • Building college-going school cultures
  • Providing training and support on key college and career readiness predictors – e.g., attendance rates, disciplinary patterns, connectedness to school, rigorous course taking patterns, formative assessment outcomes, and credit accumulation
  • Setting up on-track monitoring systems to ensure students meet or exceed college and career readiness benchmarks