History & Institute Team
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.