UT Rio Grande Valley & Juarez Lincoln High School

Turnaround Partnership

About Juarez Lincoln High School

Working in partnership with Juarez Lincoln High School, a comprehensive high school located in a high poverty area with a continuous turnover including 6 new principals in the last 8 years and 45% of teaching staff having less than 5 years of teaching experience.

Partnership Focus

Improving achievement of English Language Learners (ELL) and students with disabilities (SWD).

Faculty from the College of Education will provide consultative services and technical support required to effectively implement school redesign initiatives to drive improvement of ELLs and SWDs using the Concerns Based Adoption Model (CBAM).

Assistance will be provided in the areas of leading, managing and evaluating the change process, leadership development, and teacher development.

Campus Statistics & Community Description

2017 – 2018: Enrollment: 2,510

Freshmen

Juniors

Sophomores

Seniors

2017 – 2018: Student Demographics

  • Economically Disadvantaged 99% 99%
  • At-Risk 85.5% 85.5%
  • English Language Learners 43.6% 43.6%

Implementing change in a large, comprehensive high school is more difficult than one may anticipate.

– TEA, 2017-2018 Texas Academic Performance Report

Partnership Goals

  • Assist the district/school in conducting a comprehensive needs assessment to determine campus priorities
  • Assist the district/school in identifying and prioritizing school initiatives and help administration and faculty develop an understanding of how Hall and Hord’s (2015) Concerns Based Adoption Model may be utilized to effectively implement school improvement initiatives
  • Assist the district/school in leading, managing, and evaluating the school change process
  • Provide professional development and consultative assistance required to effectively implement initiatives aimed at improving the achievement of all students with emphasis on English Language Learners and students with disabilities
  • Create a teaching and learning environment where everyone works collaboratively in a responsible, respectful, caring, and helpful/encouraging manner
  • Create a college readiness culture in which students are engaged in content that demands learning problem solving and higher order thinking skills
  • Improve achievement of all students and subgroups of students as measured by Texas STAAR End of Course assessments for ELA I, ELA II, Algebra I, Biology I, and U.S. History

Challenges & Lessons Learned

The concept that not all individuals learn at the same rate applies to the change process.

School leadership matters!

Leadership provided by the district is indispensable.

Celebrating early wins is necessary to create a culture of success.