School Improvement Development



The LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Series

Our LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Series is an intensive, year-long, job-embedded development program 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 LAUNCH!™ Learning and Performance Series:


The LAUNCH!™ National Development Cohort Starting Spring 2019

The Institute for Performance Improvement in collaboration with the International Society for Performance Improvement, will accept 30 participants in its national, intensive LAUNCH!™ development program over a one-year period. This performance-based program develops school improvement practitioners to facilitate a proven school improvement process, that is systemic, practical and sustainable. Successful completers of this rigorous program receive a globally verifiable digital badge for their demonstration of proficiency in practice of the ten Certified School Improvement Specialist standards.  Participants work on their real work in schools guiding school improvement through-out the program. Participants will:

  • Participate in a blended development program, participating in live classes, virtual sessions, peer-to-peer learning, and coaching of job-embedded assignments with assessment.
  • Participate in learning, peer-to-peer coaching, and assignments in the Promote Learning and Performance platform.
  • Complete assignments which demonstrate proficiency in practice in the work of the CSIS standards.
  • Review their assignments and evidence of proficient practice with their supervisors for review, support and approval.

Applicants Considered:

  • State, regional and local education agency staff engaged in school improvement
  • Principals, assistant principals, school leadership team members and academic coaches
  • Staff of non-profit and for-profit school improvement providers

The cost of this one-year program is $5995 per person, plus any related travel costs and purchase of the course guide, the School Improvement Specialist Field Guide, available from Corwin Press.

To apply, download the Application for the National LAUNCH 2019 – 2020 and forward to Institute Registrar Pam Henderson at  All participants will be notified of acceptance in the program by February 26, 2019. Questions? Contact LAUNCH!™ SIS Network Concierge Erin Wagner at Teams are encouraged to apply, as well as individual school improvement leaders and facilitators.

Purchase orders will be provided upon request. Payment is accepted by PayPal or check and is due upon acceptance.

2019-2020 Schedule

The schedule for the program includes an online orientation.

Online orientation: Choose from March 20 or 27 — 2:00 to 3:00 pm EST

2.5 days of live development in the Atlanta, GA area – June 24-26, 2019 with emphasis on analysis, engagement and choosing and vetting solutions and initiatives.

2.5 days of live development in the Atlanta area – September 25-27, 2019 with emphasis on planning and management of school improvement initiatives.

2.5 days of live development in the Atlanta area – January 22 – 24, 2019 with emphasis on implementation, monitoring and sustainability.

The remainder of the program is provided online via the Promote Learning and Development Platform through the course of the school year, ending in June 2019.    Learning and performance is coached and assessed via the Promote Learning and Development Platform. Successful participants receive a verifiable digital badge reflecting their proficiency in practice.

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 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. This course supports development of Logic Models for sets of school improvement interventions, as well as individual interventions, with an emphasis on implementation, monitoring and evaluation of efforts and related impact and results.

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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.

The Brinkerhoff Evaluation Institute trains and certifies education professionals and others to use the validated method to evaluate interventions, and to determine what is working, or not, and why.

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.

To engage your organization  contact  Institute President Deb Page at


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.

To engage your organization  contact Institute President Deb Page at


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.

To engage your organization  contact Institute President Deb Page at


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.

For more information contact National Certification Specialist Dr. Jean Quigg at Jean@TIFPI.ORG

Download the CSIS Certification application.