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Cohort 4 – LAUNCH!

The Institute for Performance Improvement recently hosted Cohort 4 in Henry County, Georgia. School Improvement facilitators met for two days of detailed Professional Development sessions. Check out our Facebook Page at to learn how this dynamic group is mastering collaborative, systemic school improvement facilitation. 

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The best part of our team’s time is when we get to work with education leaders and state education agency school improvement facilitators who are committed to  guiding collaborative school improvement and innovation.


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GADOE School and District Effectiveness Staff and their Metro Atlanta and North Georgia RESA Colleagues kicked off LAUNCH!™ last week, getting ready to help their newly-assigned schools. Focusing on the work of the first three Certified School Improvement Specialist Standards™, they planned how to best support systemic performance factors analysis and selection of interventions that meet school and student’s needs.

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Wow!! We worked in Washington County Schools in Georgia yesterday as they focused on the Certified School Improvement Specialist Standard Five, Manage and Organize Efforts and Results. This district serves around 3,600 students, and all of the principals, assistant principals, district leaders and instructional coaches have either completed the Institute LAUNCH!™ program for facilitating systemic, sustainable school improvement.

The evidence of the application of their learning is everywhere! Schools have the right processes and tools in place to support teaching and learning, and to deeply engage teachers in the improvement process. With a strong focus on literacy and math, the team members are working to ensure students have the foundations for academic success.

They developed and applied a distributed leadership assessment to evaluate how pervasive and consistent their team-based improvement efforts are, and how effectively they are engaging teachers, and giving them the support, responsibility and autonomy to make needed changes and sustain progress.

WACO Superintendent Dr. Donna Hinton has participated in every session, and has actively supported and coached each participant, ensuring that their learning transferred to on-the-job action, and achieved the targeted outcomes. As the Institute for Performance Improvement has taught and coached each participant, Dr. Hinton has focused on supporting application in practice, and recognizing the significant progress they are making individually and collectively. Way to go, WACO!

The Institute teamed up with the Indiana Department of Education to develop  teams from throughout the agency to support continuous improvement in education corporations and schools statewide.

Participants from Title, School Improvement, Teacher Quality, E-Learning, Special Ed and all areas of curriculum worked through the The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Experience.

Participants work on their performance improvement goals throughout their Learning and Performance Experience. By working with teams across the agency, participants discovered ways to help each other reach their goals and to improve efficiency and effectiveness. Two participants found a way to save over $1M on by reducing redundancies in a shared project.

Director of School Improvement Robin Leclair actively participated with her team in the program., She and Dr. Ken Folks, Chief Academic Office congratulated the group upon their successful cohort completion.

Institute CEO and President Deb Page, CPT and Senior Instructional Facilitator Dr. Gale Hey recently completed the intensive, evidence-based High Performance Learning Journey (HPLJ) Brinkerhoff Certification. This program develops and certifies skills in adult development that are proven to result in improved transfer of learning to on-the-job performance and results.  Both received the international digital badge certifying their achievement and competencies.

The Institute is pleased to have adopted the Promote Learning and Performance Support Platform,   With the support of the Promote Stockholm-based team, the Institute can now provide learning,coaching, and networking —  just-enough and just-in-time to meet our clients needs. By moving to blended learning methods, the Institute can reduce participant time away from school, check and coach assignments and evidence, and help program participants share and learn socially.

The Georgia Department of Education School and District Effectiveness Division recently tapped the Institute to develop its Design Team of highly effective School Effectiveness Specialists to  institutionalize a set of processes for serving schools and districts to implement the Georgia Systems for Continuous Improvement.  The Design team worked to compile and organize the agency’s vast school improvement resources into a toolkit Effectiveness Specialists can use and share with clients.  They aligned resources to the Georgia Systems and the Certified School Improvement Specialist Standards. Since the Institute is located in Georgia, helping the GA DOE sharpen its client focus and grow its teams’ skills was an honor for the whole Institute team.

Washington County Public Schools under the leadership of Dr. Donna Hinton recently completed a district-wide The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Journey.  Principals, Assistant Principals, Instructional Coaches,  District Leaders and Dr. Hinton completed a year-long journey aligned to their school improvement work and the ten CSIS standards . Deb Page, Institute President said, “Dr. Hinton set the bar nationally for how district leaders coach, supervise, support and assess their The LAUNCH!™ participants.”” Participants work on their actual school improvement challenges throughout the program. Working together the WACO team members were able to find ways to help each other succeed and help their students improve their performance with a focus on literacy, math and 21st Century Skills.

The The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Journey continues for the Georgia Department of Education District and School Effectiveness team members. This week they worked on  developing Logic Models to support districts using ESSA funds for improvement interventions. They practiced developing effective project plans to guide their work and to support schools and districts in effectively implementing their improvement plans. Through peer-to-peer teaching, participants modeled proven practices for their field work which support success, including project management, task breakdown, distributed leadership and performance coaching.  The participants consistently wowed the Institute team with their commitment to providing consistent,  high-quality support with a focus on client and student success.

Each participant submits artifacts and evidence of proficiency in the use of high-leverage tools and practices to earn a verifiable digital proficiency badge.