TIFPI and International Society for Performance Improvement began collaboration to train and certify performance improvement facilitators. Individuals can apply to be accepted in the Performance Improvement Facilitator Learning & Performance Journey, open to 30 participants. The program is offered three times annually. 

TIFPI Client Enhances Aviation Education, Workforce Development Program

PEACHTREE CITY, GA. (Dec.10, 2020) – The Commemorative Air Force Georgia, a past TIPFI pro-bono client, has launched an expanded aviation education outreach effort designed to stimulate career interest and preserve World War II history for students of all ages. The program, AIM HIGH! Fayette Career Exploration, is a partnership among Fayette County Public Schools, the Fayette Chamber of Commerce and the CAF in Georgia.

The CAF in Georgia also provided significant assistance as the school district introduced the Flight Operations Pathway this year at Starr’s Mill High School. This first-year aviation class includes about 75 students who are focused on pilot ground training and other aviation careers. The focus of AIM HIGH! was expanded this year to include other pathways and sectors important to Fayette County schools, such as medicine and information technology. 

“We have been working with key employers in the industry, workforce development entities, educational institutions, the military, government and economic development professionals, chambers of commerce, and other stakeholders” said Virginia Gibbs, Fayette County Public Schools Coordinator of Innovative Partnership Development. “We’re focused on meeting local talent needs while preparing Fayette students for life-long learning, success in high-demand jobs and their future endeavors in a world of work that is rapidly changing.”

Fayette is acting as an AIM HIGH! demonstration site for Georgia school districts, and the CAF in Georgia. is working closely with The Institute for Performance Improvement, non-profits, museums and interested educators across the state.

“The Fayette Chamber’s strength lies in collaborating with community partners like The Fayette County Board of Education and the CAF Georgia and using our collective expertise in designing programs like AIM HIGH! that will help train the next generation of industry professionals,” said Colin Martin, President & CEO of the Fayette Chamber of Commerce. “We understand that having a strong talent pipeline is critical for the health of our business community.”

“Our vision is to inspire the next generation of pilots, mechanics and citizens in Georgia,” said CAF Georgia Development Director Chris Madrid. “We also are working to assist educators in teaching WWII history using a WWII Home Front lesson plan series that meets state curriculum standards.  This fall we assisted Fayette County K-5 instructional coaches by providing customized lesson plans for use in the classroom or at home, as well as a resource trunk of WWII artifacts from our museum collection.” 

The Home Front lesson plan series is licensed by the CAF Georgia for use by educators throughout the State of Georgia at no cost. One element includes Rosie the Riveter, representing the accomplishments and contribution of thousands of women to the war effort in the 1940s. A Stearman biplane trainer restoration also will serve as an education topic, designed for elementary, middle and high school students. 

About the Commemorative Air Force
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the world’s largest flying museum. For more than 60 years, the CAF has been dedicated to educate, inspire and honor through flight and living history experiences. To fulfill its mission, the organization maintains airplanes in flying condition, taking the aircraft to communities across America to experience first-hand the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. The CAF is a non-profit educational association with more than 11,000 members and a fleet of 172 vintage military aircraft distributed throughout the U.S. For more information visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.  

About CAF Georgia
The CAF Wing based in Peachtree City, Ga., was founded in 1987. The Wing, one of the largest units of the Commemorative Air Force, maintains and flies seven WWII aircraft including a P-51 Mustang, an FG-1D Corsair and rare types such as the SBD Dauntless dive bomber and P-63A Kingcobra. The unit, composed of 300 volunteers, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization that relies on contributions of time and funds to carry out the mission of the CAF. For more information, go to www.dixiewing.org.\

Pennsylvania Department of Education chose to use LAUNCH!™ to develop its school improvement facilitators, using a fully virtual approach. PDE was very focused on onboarding their new staff members. During Cohort 1 in PA, many of the participants had never met in person, yet they developed deep, collegial relationships and learned from each other. Research from Dr. Robert Brinkerhoff points to this social learning as a key component for adults to transfer their learning to effective on-the-job performance. PA has truly proven effective in using peer-to-peer learning to support each other and to provide better service and support to schools and districts. Pennsyvania Department of Education has scheduled kick-off of Cohort 2 in January 2021 with a focus on support of TSI Schools. 

Cohort 4 and 5 GADOE – LAUNCH!

The Institute for Performance Improvement has completed delivery of the 4th and 5th LAUNCH!™ cohorts for GADOE.

Cohort 4 began with five live classes before COVID required a flip to full virtual delivery.

Cohort 5 was the first course to be delivered totally virtual. Although instructors and participants were initially unsure about a virtual experience, by the end of each cohort, participants were sharing that their virtual experience resulted in their having a deeper focus.

Little did Cohort 4 participants know, LAUNCH!™ learning as they knew it was about to change as the pandemic dawned! They rose to the challenge, completing the last five classes virtually. 

TIFPI Sponsors Inspirational Back-to-School Campaign

Commemorative Air Force RISE ABOVE Squadron announces RISE ABOVE Back-to-School Campaign

(DALLAS – June, 2020) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) RISE ABOVE Squadron has launched a new program featuring the stories of the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and focused on the social-emotional health of students as they begin the next school year during this worldwide pandemic. The RISE ABOVE Back-to-School Campaign will provide free electronic resources to support and inspire educators and students to Triumph Over Adversity and work together to persevere through their challenges. School kick-off resources and “flight plans will be available for PreK, primary, elementary, middle, and high schools. Inspiring short videos about WWII Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) are also included to help educators and students “rise above” crisis challenges. Teachers can use these resources to provide help to students setting personal achievement goals for the year.

“From its inception CAF RISE ABOVE has been about inspiring young people using the story of the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP,” says Squadron Leader Doug Rozendaal. “This campaign provides us with the opportunity to dramatically expand our reach and carry the message of Triumph Over Adversity through these great examples. We are proud to be a part of this collaborative educational effort and excited about the program launch.”

The program is sponsored by The Institute for Performance Improvement (TIFPI), a performance improvement specialist group dedicated to developing, certifying, and supporting school improvement facilitators at state and local education agencies and at school levels. Other collaborators include Quigg Associates, the Schlechty Center, Hale Associates, Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB), Iberian Consulting, Mercer University School of Medicine, and the Georgia Rural Health Information Center. Redwood Educational Technologies provided original content in support of the initiative.

“The Institute for Performance Improvement is pleased to support the CAF RISE ABOVE Squadron in providing a free back-to-school campaign tool. This resource supports school systems, schools, educators, counselors and others to meet the social-emotional needs of students and teachers amid the COVID-19 crisis,” Deb Page, TIFPI President and program sponsor, tells us. “As educators and their students head back to school, they need the support this resource provides to recognize and motivate everyone to Rise Above the challenges. TIFPI trains and certifies school improvement and innovation facilitators nationwide. We are pleased to donate our efforts to this project”


CAF RISE ABOVE is a trademarked volunteer-driven non-profit organization dedicated to educating audiences across the country about the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military pilots and their support personnel, and the Women Airforce Service Pilots. The CAF RISE ABOVE educational initiative is a three-fold outreach program, including a fully restored WWII-era P-51C Mustang, the signature aircraft of the Tuskegee Airmen; the RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit 53’ mobile theater featuring the original panoramic film Rise Above: Red Tail  and Rise Above: WASP; and resource materials for teachers and youth leaders. Each year, they embark on a nine-month cross-country tour that includes appearances at air shows, schools, museums, and community events. The group’s Six Guiding Principles – Aim High, Believe In Yourself, Use Your Brain, Be Ready To Go, Never Quit and Expect to Win – serve as the foundation for their outreach programs and are based on the experiences and successes of the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP. The CAF RISE ABOVE Squadron is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization part of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). Learn more at www.cafriseabove.org.

About the Commemorative Air Force

The Commemorative Air Force is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Dallas, and the recognized leader of the Warbird Movement — the effort to preserve and honor American military aviation history. Since it was founded in 1957, the CAF has accrued 170 historic aircraft — the largest collection of vintage military aircraft in the world. Educational outreach programs impact an estimated 20 million Americans each year thanks to over 12,000 volunteers who support the CAF nationally and overseas. The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained, and flew in American airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people, allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

Georgia DOE LAUNCH!™ Cohort 3

GADOE School and District Effectiveness Staff and their Metro Atlanta and North Georgia RESA Colleagues kicked off LAUNCH!™ Cohort 3, 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.

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.

TIFPI Team Completes International Instructional Design Certification

Institute CEO and President Deb Page, CPT, National CSIS Director, Dr. Jean Quigg, and Senior Instructional Facilitator, Dr. Donna Hinton 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.  All received the international digital badge certifying their achievement and competencies.

The Institute Adopts New Digital Platform

The Institute is pleased to have adopted the Promote Learning and Performance Support Platform,  www.PromoteInt.com.   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.

A Look Back in Georgia

Georgia Department of Education School and District Effectiveness Division  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.

Georgia participants shared their expertise for mutual learning and growth.

Washington County Public Schools under the leadership of Dr. Donna Hinton recently completed a district-wide  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.

Washington County Schools  LAUNCH!™ Journey

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.

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!

Indiana Department of Education Engages the Whole Agency in  LAUNCH!™ 

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.

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.