The LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience is a hands-on, performance-based development approach for school leaders at all levels. Working as teams, with distributed leadership, these practitioners carry out the school improvement planning and implementation process so that “the doing gets done” and the targeted results are collaboratively achieved.

A common response by LAUNCH!™ participants is that they have been able to wrap their minds around a clear and replicable process for facilitating systemic school improvement. Even highly experienced school improvement facilitators tell us that this is the single-best development experience of their career. They complete the series with renewed confidence and capability, and the tools they need to effectively guide their schools.

The CSIS™ standards are the basis for the Institute LAUNCH!™ professional learning experience for education leaders and other school improvement facilitators.

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 Experience uses performance-based development approaches and provides practical tools and processes that are easily and practically applied on the job in schools.

The LAUNCH!™ Learning 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 SIG funds can be applied to participant tuition.

To inquire about the LAUNCH!™ Learning Experience for your group contact Deb Page, Institute President.


 The Institute for Performance Improvement (TIfPI) offers a unique triangulated evidence-based and success-oriented model that meets the ESSA definition of “evidence-based.” The model uses validated school improvement specialist standards, performance-based training, and an opportunity to earn school improvement specialist certification to provide system and school leaders with an evidence-based process and knowledge that facilitate and validate improvement in student achievement. This evidence–based model also guides leaders to collect their own evidence to support current practices that have proven to be successful in the context in which they have been used.

1- Ten National Certified School Improvement Specialist Standards

 The ten national school improvement specialist standards were developed from a correlational study of facilitative practices and knowledge that resulted in improved student achievement. The International Society for Performance Improvement conducted a job-and-task analysis in 2009-2010 to identify what effective school improvement specialists do and what they must know. The study defined the work of a school improvement specialist as the facilitation of processes that lead to systemic and sustainable improvement. Sustainable means that the processes and improvement will continue after the school improvement specialist is no longer with the school or district. Systemic reflects the process that an effective school improvement specialist applies to study, improve, and align all the functions in the organization that ultimately impact student achievement. The ten school improvement specialist standards emerged from the results of the study and, used together, become a model for facilitation of improvement work.

2- LAUNCH™ Training

The LAUNCH™ training for state, district or school leaders of school a series of courses founded in Human Performance Improvement principles and trains participants in using the ten national school improvement specialist standards to successfully facilitate the work of improvement. The courses include strategies and tools for identifying the systemic factors that are impacting the current state and strategies and tools for identifying and implementing interventions that will make the most impact on the desired state, using the current work of participants as a basis for their work in the courses. LAUNCH™ trains participants to be more sensitive to multiple forms of data and provides the knowledge, proven tools, and processes to capture and track data. Participants are taught how to use the standards to prove the correlation between the work that is done and student achievement and how improvement progress can be used as a basis of evidence to support the practices in place within a particular school or school system.

3- School Improvement Specialist Certification

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. Improvement data collected from CSIS applications submitted, for which the applicant earned the CSIS designation, continues to provide evidence of the correlation between the process/content model based on the ten national standards and improvement in student achievement.


THRIVE! – Development and Support for Education Leaders and Business Partners to Find Solutions for Shared Success

The experts at the Institute for Performance Improvement and the leaders at the Central Education Center in Newman, GA help employers and education leaders come together through the THRIVE!™ experience to learn, collaborate and focus on their problems of practice, needs for innovation and effective implementation. Together education and workforce development practitioners apply approaches pioneered by the CEC and leverage Institute lessons, learned from 15 years of applying proven practices in Human Performance Improvement in education, and from over 30 years of experience guiding performance improvement across all sectors

Focusing initially on the shared challenge of skills, productivity and earning gaps, participants hone and model their skills for facilitating the types of changes and collaborative improvement that help their organizations meet their goals. Together they determine how to best address the systemic challenges within their control that threaten shared success and prosperity. For information on how to get involved, click here. thrive-for-education-and-industry-ffv-p

District Implementation Team Leader Development – Develop Long-term District Proficiency to Effectively Implement the Strategic Plans and SIPs

Running throughout the 2016-2017 school year, the Institute will offer development and support of District Implementation Team Leaders. The DIT analyzes system needs for improvement in the processes and proficiency needed to implement strategic plans and SIPs with fidelity. The team is a long-term resource that guides and supports the district to analyze needs and performance factors, ensure that the right solutions are chosen and managed through the four stages of implementation:  Exploration, Installation, Initial Implementation and Full Implementation.

Beginning in November, DIT leaders meet four times over the school year to learn implementation science, determine gaps in the district’s implementation efforts and develop work plans for closing those gaps. Participants learn and share as they develop and guide their local DIT to support ESSA needs analysis, solution selection, and fidelity of implementation. The Institute works with DIT leaders to support transfer of their learning to practice, and recognize and address barriers as they form their local DIT.

The cost is $2400 for one district leader and $2000 for each additional participant. To request a purchase order or invoice, or to pay by check contact Institute Registrar Pam Henderson at

More information is available here.