In the spring of 2011, the Colorado Department of Education identified 11 effective Title I schools, based upon each of the school’s academic growth data. Nine of these highly diverse schools participated in a week-long comprehensive review by a team of six experienced educators. The schools’ practices were measured against a rubric organized around nine research-based standards. This same rubric is used with struggling Title I schools on Improvement. From these reviews, critical elements that contributed to the schools’ effectiveness were identified.These and other issues will be presented by Nazanin Mohajer-Nelson, Alyssa Pearson, and Trish Boland.