The guidance given to me during LAUNCH!™ has connected the dots for me for implementation of a long term plan for a system of continuous improvement for any organization from initial evaluation to a fully functioning self-improvement model. This has been a truly insightful experience.

Tim Huddleston, Education Recovery Leader, Kentucky Department of Education, Cohort 3


The information gathered through the Institute sessions are really helping me think critically about how I can be an effective facilitator in my field of work. Hearing others’ experiences and input truly helps me to better understand the CSIS standards and how I can relate to each professionally and personally.

J’ Nora Anderson, Novice Reduction Coach, Kentucky Department of Education Cohort 3


Being a part of the LAUNCH!™ training has shown me the importance of building the capacity within others with whom I work to see what changes need to be made and to arrive at their own effective solutions. When they have the capacity to see the problems for themselves and devise their own effective plans to solve them, they are closer to being on the path of self-sustained improvement.

Keith Embry, Education Recovery Leader, Kentucky Cohort 3


LAUNCH!™ taught me how to build consensus, determine responsibility and accountability, and increase my circle of influence

– David RaleighCSIS, Education Recovery Leader, Kentucky Department of Education


LAUNCH!™ was able to guide me to facilitate the school improvement process through case studies, guided support and practice using the data from the schools I serve. My learning and practice helped me transition from school administrator to effective school improvement consultant.

– Danny OsborneCSIS, Education Recovery Leader, Kentucky Department of Education


As School Improvement Grant (SIG) Coordinator for the Bibb County School District, it is my responsibility to oversee, monitor, and evaluate the implementation of the fiscal and programmatic aspects of SIG. The Certified School Improvement Specialist™ (CSIS) standards align with the work for SIG. I am using the tools I gained from LAUNCH!™  with SIG schools to strengthen the process of school improvement.

– Sharon CampbellSchool Improvement Grant Coordinator, Bibb County School District, Georgia


LAUNCH!™ training has provided CSD participants with a collegial and risk-free environment in which they can reflect upon their past and current practices with their peers. This experience has allowed CSD leaders to pool their collective expertise into the creation of a highly functional learning community in which creative problem solving is valued.

In addition, we learned that as we enter new roles and positions the way in which we work must evolve.  This training helped us to understand that a building leader, central office leader and independent consultant must tackle   a school improvement task differently. Jean and Deb helped us to understand the difference between being a facilitator of school improvement vs a line administrator charged with the task of school improvement. The facilitation protocols and tools can easily be adapted for almost any situation.

Joe AustinDirector of Accountability and Assessment, City Schools of Decatur, Georgia