The Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning

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Our mission is to promote innovation and meaningful change in public education through strategic leadership and learning within and across all levels of the education system. We believe that all members of society - students, parents, educators, organizations and policymakers - have an important role to play in developing and implementing strategies that will improve educational outcomes for all. 


Turnaround Practices in Action: The 2014 Turnaround Practices in Action policy analysis and practice guide is now available as a resource for states, districts and schools. Commissioned by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) beginning in 2012, INSTLL analyzed the progress of districts and schools engaged in school turnaround. The final installation of this series details the specific practices being used by turnaround schools that have led to dramatic increases in student achievement during the three years of turnaround efforts, including an analysis of how districts and schools utilized state “authorities”, such as the ability to hire new school staff and change working conditions needed to accelerate improvement efforts. The Year One Emerging Practices and Year Two Emerging and Sustaining Practices for School Turnaround reports are also available for download.

Achieving College Success: In partnership with Mass Insight Education, INSTLL is evaluating the impact of Mass Insight’s College Success Initiative, a program designed to increase students’ matriculation, persistence and success in college. Our most recent High School Impact StudyAchieving College Success Report, and College Success Research Brief document the promising and significant impact of Mass Insight’s work on increasing college going and first to second year persistence rates for low-income and minority students. 

UPDATED Framework for District TurnaroundBuilding upon research and informed through our work with district leaders over the past 15 years, INSTLL developed and is actively sharing a framework for district improvement that provides a roadmap for school boards and district leaders focused on accelerating improvement efforts. The newly updated (2014) framework incorporates the latest research on district and school turnaround, including integration of findings from our Turnaround Practices in Action reports. The Framework provides benchmarks, indicators, and best practice around district improvement.  

Two presentations are available for use and reference by states and districts: (1) A School Board Primer that provides information for district leaders and school boards considering options for district and school turnarion and (2) a customized presentation of the District Capacity Building Framework and Activities for state and district leaders, recently presented at Michigans Superintendents Institute for Priority Schools (August, 2014). Please visit our Rapid District Improvement site for the latest information.

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