Ideas change the world; knowledge, experience, and implementation, however, drive the degree of change that is possible. The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) serves as a strategic thought partner and statewide implementer of solutions for our clients. Striving to change paradigms, and not simply augment existing systems, IPSI will assist your school, district, or organization with identifying creative, innovative solutions to vexing problems. The IPSI team has decades of experience in research-based program design and large-scale deployment and management, which enable our partners to successfully address complex and highly nuanced educational challenges across the state.
Here are a few initiatives and programs that IPSI currently supports or supported in the past.
- Texas Literacy Initiative: Provide age 0 through grade 12 professional development and technical assistance for implementing the Texas State Literacy Plan (TSLP) for 30 Texas subgrantees. To learn more, go to Texas State Literacy Plan online course or to the Texas Education Agency site.
- Write for Texas: Support the organization and development of face-to-face and online professional development sessions for secondary English language arts and reading teachers to support effective writing instruction. To learn more, go to Write for Texas.
- Gear Up: Provide teachers, counselors, administrators, parents, and community members with tools and resources to support underrepresented student groups with college awareness and readiness. To learn more, go to the Texas Education Agency site or Gear Up.
- House Bill 5: Develop tools and resources to support understanding of graduation requirements. To learn more, go to the Texas Education Agency site.
- OnTRACK for College Readiness: Develop English language arts and reading, mathematics, science, and social studies lessons for students in grade levels 6-12. Go to an OnTRACK course to view a sample lesson or go to Project Share Texas to find lessons and resources by using the Find Resources section of the website.
- College and Career Readiness Standards: Provide professional development for the English language arts and reading and Spanish language arts and reading Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills and develop a resource website for educators. To learn more, go to English Spanish TEKS.
- Project Share: Developed online courses and lessons, provided professional development, and supported users in navigating and using the online resources. To learn more, go to Project Share Texas.
- Advise TX: Placed recent college graduates from all fields of study on high school campuses as near-peer college advisers to lead low-income and first-generation students to college. Visit Advise TX.
- Volunteer Corps for College: Sought to connect faculty and staff from the nine University of Texas academic campuses with their surrounding communities. Members of the Volunteer Corps assisted students and families with many aspects of college preparation including college admissions and financial aid paperwork.
- Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy: Supported the development of a comprehensive literacy plan, TSLP, to advance literacy skills from age 0 through grade 12. To learn more about this federally-funded project, go to Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy.
- Texas Reading First Initiative: Provided professional development and technical assistance in kindergarten through grade 3 in over 700 Texas elementary campuses.
- Early College High School (ECHS): Provided leadership and design coaching to designated campuses through a grant from the Texas Education Agency. Team members served as design coaches to ensure campuses understood the core design principles of the ECHS program.
- Texas Center for Student Success: Developed and provided educators with videos, instructional strategies, and other artifacts highlighting best practices in intervention and acceleration from exemplary schools across Texas. Artifacts illustrated how schools are successfully meeting the varied needs of their students across all grade levels and content areas.