What is central office transformation and why is it important?

The resources on this page highlight that central office transformation involves the fundamental redesign of all central office practices and systems to ensure they work together in support of excellent, equitable teaching and learning.

What is Central Office Transformation?

Central Office Transformation: Leading for Performance

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How Districts Can Support Deeper Learning (2015)

This report reflects our most recent research on central office transformation.

EdWeek Commentary: Connecting Principals to School Districts' Top Academic Priorities (2015)

EdWeek interviewed the Chief Academic Officers in a number of districts using our work.

Reculturing the Central Office (2014)

An article in School Administrator co-authored by the superintendent of one of our partner districts.

From Tinkering To Transformation: Strengthening School District Central Office Performance (2013)

Our research in the form of an Education Outlook published by the American Enterprise Institute in 2013.

Central Office Transformation for District-wide Teaching and Learning Improvement (2010)

This report documents our first and foundational research on central office transformation.


Central Office Transformation Readiness Assessment--Version 1.0.

One piece of the Central Office Transformation Toolkit–a self-assessment for central office leaders to help them gauge their current work in relation to the three main areas of Central Office Transformation.

Full Central Office Transformation Toolkit

The full version of the 2013 toolkit we produced in conjunction with the Center for Educational Leadership, including three tools for districts as they work towards Central Office Transformation.