I'm so happy to be able to donate money to an organization that is fulfilling its goals. I really like their mission statement and think that their work to transform schools and education is very important for our country's future. I hope that they can continue to work with more schools both in California and around the United States.
I am a current Board Member of Partners in School Innovation and have been nothing but impressed by the organization's mission, professional staff, and ability to achieve results. The fact that PSI strives to implement sustainable and transformational solutions by empowering both schools and teachers resonates with me. The organization has SIPs that work on-site, hand-in-hand with teachers to help them transform teaching and learning so that every student in their classrooms can thrive. They customize their results-oriented-cycle-of continuous improvement to address the needs of each stakeholder that they work with. I admire that PSI tackles systemic issues and seeks to address the root of problems and obstacles in our public education system, not just the symptoms.
Partners serves its mission of renewing the promise of public education by hiring the best staff possible, staff who are data-driven and compassionate leaders. Our children are lucky to have Partners working hard to ensure that their educations are not predetermined by their zip code!
Partners is all about learning. Learning for all...for all students AND adults, including themselves. As we know, the best learning is learning by doing. PartnersSI guides people, big and small, to learn and do, and as a result have deep, meaningful experiences that creates ownership and sustainability.
The beauty of their approach is that they are not content experts who come and tell us 'WHAT to do'. They help with the 'HOW to do it.' When you don't know 'WHAT to do', they help you figure out HOW to figure that out.
Partners puts people first. Partners recognizes that our educational system is made up of people and through them, improvements can happen. Partners finds ways to help more of those people improve through intentional and strategic systems developments that help adults learn HOW to help students. They do not just help schools and districts with WHAT to do, but help to provide a HOW that fits with your current structure and system. All the while, ensuring that they can work themselves out of a job becasue in everything they do, capacity building is imbedded. Having worked with other non-profits in other parts of the country, PartnersSI is a model for what all should be able to do.
I have been a board member at partners for a number of years and am constantly impressed with how the organization combines urgency to address the most intransigent problems facing public education with a steady and thoughtful commitment to learning. This combination puts partners among a very few organizations that are undertaking sustainable work to get better outcomes for low income students and students of color.
I just attended a Program Committee meeting at Partners. One of the things I admire most about partners is how central performance data is to their decision making. We looked at very informative data about Partners performance. The program team laid out how professional development was developed and delivered to address every issue where performance lagged below desired levels. The transparency around performance and a laser-like focus on the organization's internal accountability is something that distinguishes the Partners approach. The "eat their own cooking."
I've worked with districts and third party organizations for over 20 years to use data to improve practice. In particular, I've been concerned about the quality of school and district coaching - a critical role in carrying out improvement. In addition to board meetings, I was able to attend all-day coach training this summer. That was the best adult learning experience I have every experienced. It was challenging, exciting, and changed my thinking about the problem we were studying.
I believed in the work when I joined the board. My experience this summer confirmed for me that this is the right way to spend my time and effort.
Partners has been working with my school for the last two years. I cannot express how grateful I am to have had the opportunity to work closely with a PSI during our grade level meetings. We have been able to grow professionally with the help of our PSI and her support and expertise. Their mission states exactly what they are helping us (teachers and administrators) do... to transform teaching and learning so that every child, regardless of background, thrives. What a wonderful organization!
Partners has served the school I teach at for the past 5 years. Their systems and support has equipped the leaders at our school to truly embrace change and achieve high standards for all students. Working one-on-one with a a SIP at my grade level has allowed me to grow professionally and personally. I am better able to serve my students having worked alongside the Partners staff.
Partners has been working with my school for the past few years. Partners has been an amazing organization to work with. Their ability to have high expectations and set goal s and then help guide us in creating systems to meet these goals has been a tremendous help in meeting the needs of all the students in the school.
Partners works directly with the school I am at. It is because of Partners that the leadership team is as strong as it is - they are a guiding light for the leadership and the school at large. The school has made incredible strides with the help of Partners - from one the lowest in the district to the highest! Monique and her team are absolutely AMAZING!
I've worked with Partners for close to two years now in various capacities - every one of their staff that I interact with is dedicated, passionate, and capable.
I worked with the core team at Partners for about six months and in that time I got to know them quite well. I've never met a group more dedicated to their mission - they are passionate, capable, and razor sharp. And they are absolutely committed to achieving results in the schools they partner with.
I was impressed how Partners came into our school and tried their best to help in a difficult year for us. I am especially thankful to our School Innovation Partner who took the time and energy to do one-on-one work with me.
Teacher, Bret Harte
I've had a really positive experience in working with Partners in School Innovation and would strongly recommend them to other schools participating in a large scale change model.
Math Coach, Carver Elementary School
The Partners team working at my school has been the most significant catalyst in my professional growth this year, especially in my developing a leadership role in a turnaround school. They give me feedback in a way that is direct and honest yet truly motivating, always guiding me towards self-propelled improvement. However I feel I've learned the most from them by watching them - every minute that either one of them is present, I learn so much by what they model. In every situation they demonstrate tenacious dedication to students and an unwavering commitment to the success of the entire school community. They are incredible models of the simultaneous patience and persistence required to successfully navigate the often-times choppy and unpredictable waters of transformational school reform. I'm consistently amazed and thankful for the opportunity to learn from their patience, sincerity, integrity and humility. Thank you, Partners!
Instructional Reform Facilitator, Paul Revere
I truly believe that Partners has transformed the way we work at Chavez, especially in our instructional leadership team. As an ILT team, we have built more authentic relationships through not only getting to know one another as better educators but also as people. We have spent more time this year discussing our beliefs and how they impact our action in the classroom and at our school. Although we still have more work to do in the area of equity, Partners has equipped us with tools to engage in courageous and risky conversations. As a result of developing more more authentic relationships more teachers are collaborating organically.
At the beginning of this school year, I had never heard of Partners and had no idea what they offered to education. I had never heard what a Theory of Action was or an Instructional Leadership Team, or School Transformation Review, or ROCI...but in only one full school year with Partners, I have grown so much and feel better prepared to support the teachers at my school. I can not see myself ever again facilitating a Teacher Collaboration Meeting without following the ROCI Cycle. I know that there is a lot more to learn from Partners that I can't wait for next school year.
Maria T. Manzanedo
Resource Teacher, San Antonio
I’m a fan of Partners because what they do works. Partners helped us build our infrastructure so that regardless of where our funding comes from going forward, we’ll be successful.
San Francisco Unified School District
I appreciate that Partners works with schools’ existing human capital; it’s respectful of schools’ existing strengths. Just as Partners believes that all students can learn and improve, it also believes that all adults in schools can improve as well.