The Institute for Public School Initiatives (IPSI) has been supporting educational change efforts since its inception and works with schools, districts, and organizations to bring ideas to action. From supporting approximately 700 schools during the Texas Reading First Initiative to approximately 400 schools during the Texas Literacy Initiative, IPSI assists from ideation to implementation to help innovate educational systems.
Hargreaves and Fullan (2012) tell us in their book Professional Capital, “What pulls people in…is doing important work with committed and excited colleagues and leaders engaged in activities that require creativity to solve complex problems and that make a real difference” (p. 151). IPSI supports this belief and can support your change efforts in some of the following ways:
- School Improvement: Building on instructional and transformational leadership research, IPSI is a leader in facilitating change efforts in school and district settings. This includes
- providing professional development and technical assistance on enhancing teacher and leader efficacy;
- supporting campuses and districts in setting goals using various data sources;
- assisting with the horizontal and vertical aligning of initiatives, assessments, and programs;
- modeling student intervention and acceleration practices;
- building capacity among various stakeholder groups through facilitating professional book studies or organizing and leading effective meetings;
- aligning teacher and principal standards with explicit instruction practices; and
- supporting teachers and leaders in understanding state standards and guidelines.
- Family and Community Engagement: IPSI recognizes the need to increase the active involvement, communication, collaboration, and decision making among parents, students, educators, and communities. With the goal of increased student achievement, IPSI can offer technical assistance, professional development, and resources that focus on
- designing and implementing strategies aimed at improving parent involvement;
- providing innovative ways to create partnerships among school, parents, and communities;
- empowering families to become active participants in their children’s education across all ages and grade levels;
- encouraging schools to view parents as partners; and
- recognizing challenges that discourage parents from becoming actively involved in their child’s education.
- Culturally Responsive Teaching: Recognizing the gaps and differences that exist among students of all backgrounds is necessary in closing what experts have termed an achievement gap. IPSI has responded to supporting changes in education by creating a comprehensive framework aimed at understanding and improving academic achievement through the implementation of best practices for all students, taking into account race, class, ethnicity, religion, and gender. The model of culturally responsive teaching we provide emphasizes
- professional development that defines culturally responsive teaching;
- staff development that provides examples and non-examples of culturally responsive teaching;
- opportunities to recognize the various cultures, backgrounds, beliefs, and traditions present in classrooms and schools; and
- strategies and resources that build the capacity of teachers in effectively engaging students from diverse backgrounds.
To learn more about current or past projects IPSI supports or contributed to, go to the following: