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School improvement is hard. We get that teachers and administrators are busy educating the next generation. But thoughtful, consistent, and iterative school improvement strategies are necessary to ensure all students receive a high-quality and equitable education. 

At the Great Schools Partnership, we have dedicated our lives to developing the resources, tools, and coaching strategies that have enabled more than 100 schools across the U.S. to implement a proficiency-based system of education, to reimagine their community engagement policies, to teach transferable skills, and so much more. Why do we do it? Because we believe every school can and should achieve an equitable, rigorous, and personalized education system that prepares all students for college, careers, and global citizenship.

We understand that no single school-improvement model will be a perfect fit for every school, since no two schools are the same; that’s why our coaching services are catered to the specific needs and goals of your school community. Plus, we will work within the constraints of your budget.

Continue reading below to learn more about our coaching services. When you’re ready, contact us. A better, more equitable education awaits.

Key Facts

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Services

There is no one-size-fits-all school improvement plan. That’s why the Great Schools Partnership works so hard to understand the needs and goals of your district or school. Our on-site coaching process thereafter allows us to collaborate with you on the challenging, exciting, and necessary work of school improvement. The key word here is “collaborate”; we know how vital the wisdom and experience of local educators are to our collective success.

We can help your school or district with:

Organizational Design

Teachers and administrators work hard every day in schools and districts that are structured to artificially rank and sort kids based on inaccurate data. To achieve equity of opportunity, we must reimagine our schedules, rethink how we group students and teachers, reassess where and how learning takes place, reexamine assessment requirements, and change the way students and teachers relate.

Examples of this work include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Vision and mission statement development
  • District policy development and refinement
  • School culture and climate audits
  • Tool and resource development

Instructional Design

The quality of instruction in the classroom is key to achieving educational equity. Our coaches will collaborate with your school or district to examine and refine the curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices for the benefit of all students. Ensuring access to relevant and personal learning opportunities enables them to develop the agency, knowledge, and skills that are required for careers, citizenship, and future learning.

Examples of this work includes:

  • Implementing proficiency-based education (also known as competency- or mastery-based education)
  • Assessment and scoring calibration
  • Transferable skills integration
  • Curriculum and lesson design
  • Classroom observations and instructional coaching

Leadership Development

Schools and districts are tremendously complex organizations that require rich, thoughtful leadership from the classroom to the district level. Our work helps to establish a culture of leadership, as well as clear roles and responsibilities. In addition, our work enables leaders at every level to develop the skills they need to succeed. 

Examples of this work includes:

  • Leadership team development
  • Shared leadership practices
  • Strategic planning and guidance
  • Communication and messaging strategies
  • Leadership skills development

Data-Driven Improvement

At the Great Schools Partnership, we believe data is key to effective and lasting improvement. Let us work with your school or district to build the capacity of school leaders and educators to collect, analyze, and use data to inform instructional practice, school policies, and continuous improvement processes.

Examples of this work include:

  • Comprehensive school or district needs assessments
  • Formation and facilitation of school or district data teams and/or networked improvement communities
  • The design of survey instruments that measure non-academic outcomes such as student engagement and school climate
  • Collaborating with school or district leaders to translate research and data into practice
  • Advising on data communication strategies, including consulting on data visualization and how to communicate complex data to different audiences

Community Engagement

Our schools will not become the learning centers they need to be without help from our school communities. This does not mean reaching out for permission, but for inclusion. Community engagement is all about thoughtful dialogue and equitable engagement strategies—whether you’re engaging with students, parents, or other members of your school community.

Examples of this work include:

  • Establishment and support of community coalitions
  • Meeting facilitation
  • Development of equitable engagement strategies
  • Tool and resource development
  • Elevating marginalized voices

How It Works

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It’s easy to get started. Just contact us. We are here to answer any questions you may have and will guide you through our coaching process.We’ll collaborate with you to assess the needs and goals of your school community. We’ll also work to identify the unique challenges your school or district faces.Let the school improvement begin! Our coaches work on-site in your school or district, lending their expert set of eyes, ears, and ideas to the work of improving your school.

Contact Us

To learn more about what the Great Schools Partnership can do for your school or district, please contact Mark Kostin, our associate director, at mkostin@greatschoolspartnership.org or (207) 773-0505.