In their 2007 research study How the world’s best-performing school systems come out on top, Barber and Mourshed note, “The top-performing school systems recognize that the only way to improve outcomes is to improve instruction: learning occurs when students and teachers interact, and thus to improve learning implies improving the quality of that interaction” (p. 26). It follows that high-achieving school systems focus attention on improving instruction by developing instructional leaders, supporting classroom instructional practices, allowing time for peer collaboration, and setting realistic goals.
The Institute for Public School Initiatives has the capacity to work with leaders at the campus and district levels in rural, urban, and charter settings, focusing on working collaboratively to accomplish common goals. In partnering with your school or district, IPSI will support you in
- developing a customized support plan that focuses on your goal(s) in areas such as organizational effectiveness, leadership, data analysis, or curriculum alignment;
- providing guidance on leading effective grade-level, department, or faculty meetings;
- developing or educating leaders on the importance of being an instructional leader;
- leading professional learning communities that may include practices such as book studies, data analysis, or curriculum and instructional practice sharing and modeling;
- designing and developing professional development to build research knowledge, organize and share instructional practices and strategies, support instructional leadership growth and development, and align programs and initiatives;
- developing leadership teams and empowering teachers; and
- capturing and developing a digital or onsite library of instructional and leadership best practices.