The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Experience

Our LAUNCH! Learning and Performance Series meets ESSA requirements for evidence-based school improvement interventions with a strong emphasis on leadership. Locally implemented, our evidence-based program is intensive, year-long, job-embedded and aligned to the validated Certified School Improvement Specialist standards.  Our  performance-based approaches develop school and district leaders, academic coaches and other state and local school improvement facilitators to facilitate sustainable, systemic school improvement. Participants participate in learning communities with peer and coach support.

LAUNCH! engages participants, using their schools’ performance data and focusing on their unique challenges guiding school turnaround and transformation. This intensive ten-part Experience is based on the national Certified School Improvement Specialist™ standards. Cohorts are offered for  school districts, regional groups and state education agencies.

The CSIS™ standards are:

  • Analyze and Apply Critical Judgement
  • Facilitate Deriving Meaning and Engagement
  • Focus on Systemic Factors
  • Plan and Record
  • Organize and Manage Effort and Resources
  • Guide and Focus Collaborative Improvement
  • Build Capacity
  • Demonstrate Organizational Sensitivity
  • Monitor Accountability and Adoption
  • Implement for Sustainability

The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Experience is provided for groups of a minimum size of 25 through a district-sponsored cohort, a multi-district cohort sponsored by a regional education support agency, or through a state department of education supported cohort. Title funds and ESSA funds can be applied to participant tuition.

Participants’ supervisors attend alongside their participants. The Institute develops these individuals to support, supervise and assess participants’ transfer of learning to on-the-job practice and results. Supervisor participation under education agency Memorandums of Agreement ensure participants’ learning and on-the-job practice is “expected and inspected”. Successful program completion earns a micro-credential, a verifiable digital badge, proving proficiency.

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The Institute trains district staff and school leaders to develop and use Logic Models to improve planning of improvement interventions and to support effective monitoring and implementation. This one-day course teaches simple, proven approaches for developing and using logic models for meeting ESSA requirements. These models are also used to plan Professional Learning, identify and address barriers to transfer of learning to practice, and  to determine its impact.

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THE SUCCESS CASE EVALUATION METHOD®  Training and Certification Program

The Brinkerhoff Evaluation Institute develops practitioners to evaluate interventions’ outcomes and results using  The Success Case Evaluation Method®, originally developed by Dr. Robert Brinkerhoff to evaluate education initiatives,  has been used successfully across all sectors and around the world for over 30 years to evaluate professional learning and other interventions. Successful participants earn the SCM®  International Certification.

Note: The Success Case Evaluation Method ® registered service marks are the exclusive property of and owned by BTS, Inc. and its subsidiary company, Advantage Performance Group. BTS and APG have granted sub-license rights to TIFPI to use the Success Case Evaluation Method in its school improvement training programs.

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The THRIVE! Learning and Performance Experience

We teach professional developers how to design and provide performance-based professional learning for educators that transfers to on-the-job performance. Our development helps professional developers and their internal clients to determine when professional learning is the appropriate intervention, and when other performance management methods will be more effective.

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The GROW!™ Learning and Performance Experience

We help school districts, regional education centers, and state education agencies to implement local and regional evidence-based processes to develop a deep pool of leaders at all levels who can guide school improvement and transformation.

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Coming in 2019: The Principal Supervisor Learning and Performance Experience

Our virtual Principal Supervisor learning community will develop Principal Supervisors to develop, oversee, and support school leaders as Instructional Leaders and School Improvement Leaders Watch for our announcements and enrollment.


The Certified School Improvement Specialist (CSIS™) is an evidence-based certification that can be earned when applicants show through triangulated data that applying the ten national school improvement specialist standards improves student achievement. The evidence presented by an applicant who earns the certification helps to set him or her apart as an improvement practitioner who can successfully guide others to make the needed changes for improvement. Applicants must show evidence of positively impacting student achievement over a three-to-five-year period, and their applications are double-blind reviewed by certified peers trained in scoring applications.

Download the CSIS Certification application.