We help educational professionals succeed using five key practices.
Our approach brings together years of expert research in a strategic method that brings teachers and schools lasting results.
MULTI-YEAR PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
Research shows that lasting change on teacher effectiveness takes a minimum of three to five years, which is why the Institute is designed across a three-year arc.
Teacher learning and changes in practice involve a recursive and continual process that takes place over time.
Throughout their involvement, member schools continually collect and analyze student data, revise teaching tools and practices, and examine evidence of instructional shifts.
Each new member school works with the district leader and two coaches to create a personalized work plan that is site-based and rooted in the school's goals and aspirations.
A powerful tool for mobilizing the collective capacity of the teacher team, the work plan serves as a reference throughout the year to keep the work on track or make adjustments as needed.
It clearly articulates the expected outcomes of the coaching, the supports the principal will provide to ensure effective implementation of work, and a breakdown of activities and deliverables by semester.
PARTNERSHIPS WITH EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANTS
We leverage distinct expertise.
Our schools work with two strategic partner organizations, each with a track record of customizing supports and services that align with the needs of schools.
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A strong culture of trust and transparency moves the Institute and our schools beyond a "compliance" model and towards an authentic, collaborative relationship.
A contributing factor to our success is the explicit partnership district leaders build with participating principals and their school teams.
When faced with challenges, principals know they can rely on the district for the support and resources needed to further their work in the Institute.
A key practice in the long-term sustainability of the Institute, schools that graduate from the Institute are invited to become mentor schools and share their new expertise citywide.
Schools that graduate from our Institute are passionate about sharing their practices with others. Mentorship is a simple yet highly effective system for leveraging their expertise and scaling our work citywide.
Mentor schools host annual cross-school site visits, provide one-on-one support for new principals and school teams at Saturday Symposiums, and partner with new member school to co-plan and lead presentations at the annual Transfer School Conference.