Better schools help make better communities and improve students’ chances of success. AIR experts use research-based strategies to help schools and districts build systems that improve outcomes and sustain improvements over time.
The District and School Improvement Center helps school districts and schools achieve a coherent, disciplined approach to teaching and learning that is embedded throughout school and district practices; improve school climate and culture; develop more effective teachers and leaders; foster improved parent and community engagement; and create higher expectations and results for all students.
Our work is based on a school improvement framework that is grounded in research and evidence, and informed and refined by practice. We know how to plan and implement effective school improvement strategies in a variety of settings. Our experts are former district leaders, principals, and teachers—we have real-world experience leading successful improvement initiatives in schools and districts just like yours. We understand how hard this work can be because we have done it ourselves; that’s why we have a hands-on philosophy when it comes to district and school improvement. We work with you, side by side, to deliver the support you need to build a sustainable education system and achieve your improvement goals.
We recognize that one approach does not fit all. Our job is to listen, identify your specific needs, and support you as you strengthen existing programming or start fresh.
Here is just a selection of the services we offer:
- RESOURCE: Guide to Working with External Providers, Fourth Edition (PDF) - Updated with ESSA Focus
- District and whole school/turnaround improvement services
- Leadership coaching
- Instructional coaching
- Collaborative needs assessment
- Continuous improvement management and planning
- Professional learning communities
- Statewide systems of support
- Other services