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Institute President Deb Page leads the Education Sector of the Institute for Performance Improvement. In 2010 she conducted a study of perennially under-performing Georgia schools that had turned around their performance and were demonstrating sustained gains in student achievement. During the course of the study, she recognized a common body of practices used by school and school district leaders and state-assigned school improvement specialists guiding the turnaround process. She reached out to her colleague, Dr. Judith Hale, who was leading evidence-based certification of performance improvement practitioners for the International Society for Performance Improvement. Applying Dr. Hale’s expertise in credential-development, they conducted a national study to develop the ten national Certified School Improvement Specialist™ standards and the fully evidence-based Certified School Improvement Specialist™ designation. They published the School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, and founded the Institute for Performance Improvement in 2012. Deb spent 20 years in the private sector as a Human Capital Management executive. She began her career as a high school language arts teacher. She is an internationally Certified Performance Technologist. Institute CEO Dr. Judith Hale led Hale Associates, a performance improvement consulting firm, for over 40 years before launching the Institute for Performance Improvement. Judith led the development of the Certified Performance Technologist™ evidence-based job certification for the International Society for Performance Improvement, managed certification for ISPI, and served two terms as President of ISPI. Judith is an internationally recognized expert in performance management, performance improvement and evidence-based certification and accreditation. Judith leads the division of the Institute that serves clients internationally, across all sectors. She is the author of numerous best-selling books including the Performance Consultant’s Fieldbook, 2nd ED , (2008), Outsourcing Training and Development (2004), Performance-based Management: What every manager should do to get results (2003), Performance-Based Evaluation (2002), Performance-Based Certification: How to Design a Valid, Defensible, Cost-effective Program (2000), The Training Manager’s Competencies (1989), and co-author of Achieving a Leadership Role for Training (1995). Hale and Page wrote The School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, (Corwin Press, 2011). The Field Guide is the text for the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience and contains 50+ digital tools. Hale, Page and the Institute team have deep expertise in performance improvement, school improvement, human capital management, credential development, talent management, and adult training and development. The Institute’s focus on implementation for sustainability helps those they train and support to meet their goals and maintain gains in improvement over time.

The Institute Team

Dr. Jean Quigg, CSIS, serves as National CSIS™ Director and as Senior Lead Instructor of the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience. She develops Learning Experiences and provides school improvement consulting support to school districts. She is a retired school superintendent and a former Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, principal, assistant principal , literacy specialist and elementary teacher. Jean@TifPi.org Dr. Gale Hey, CSIS, serves as Instructor of the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience and provides consulting support in school improvement and human capital management. She is a retired Gwinnett County Public Schools Senior Associate Superintendent. She supervised principals and school zones, led professional learning and leadership development, and served as a principal, assistant principal and teacher. Gale@TIfPI.org Dr. Georgia Evans, CSIS, serves as a Facilitator of Improvement Processes. She has 38 years experience in education. She has taught all grades, K-12, and has worked at the school, district, regional, and state level. Working with schools and districts on improvement initiatives: professional learning, curriculum, assessment, and instruction; accountability, data analysis, and strategic planning are her passion, so much so, that her doctoral degree was in school improvement. Dr. Lynn Plunkett, CSIS, serves as Instructor of the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience, and Facilitator of Improvement Processes with a focus on development and fidelity of implementation of Career Academies. She is a former consultant to the Georgia DOE on Career Path Development, a former superintendent, associate superintendent, principal, assistant principal and teacher. Dr. JoAnn Brown, CSIS, serves as Instructor of the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience, and Facilitator of Improvement Processes with a focus on leadership development. She is a highly effective leadership development consultant and trainer, a former principal, assistant principal and teacher. Pam Henderson serves as Operations Director for the Institute. Pam, and her company, Henderson and Associates, has specialized for over 30 years in operations management, event planning and management, financial planning and management and amazing client service and relationships.