This engaging talk will discuss how the building principal is the KEY to instructional success. Discover the crucial role of effective leadership and innovative teaching methods in school improvement. This presentation will focus on the remarkable journey of turning around two different low-performing schools. This session aims to explore the vital characteristics of a turnaround principal. School leadership is the cornerstone in transforming struggling educational institutions into thriving learning centers. The principal plays a pivotal role in this process, and this presentation will delve into specific traits and attributes that make them successful. We will discuss the essential qualities that define a turnaround principal, including strong leadership, vision, and adaptability. The presenter will discuss strategies, challenges, and triumphs of transforming an underperforming school into a high-performing school.