Partners in School Innovation works to promote student achievement in low-performing Bay Area schools through intensive work with teachers, principals, and districts. As someone who works in a school system, I am familiar with the negative consequences of implementing systems that aren't supported at all levels. Partners in School Innovation's model addresses this by working to build capacity at both the classroom level and with the school and district leaders. It is intense work, and the Partners staff comes to it with extreme dedication, years of educational experience, and a strong focus on using data to drive continuous improvement.
Partners in School Innovation is playing an essential role in the transformation of student learning in the lowest performing schools in downtown San Jose. Partners began with one school in the district and worked tirelessly with the school staff and leadership to build trust and institute changes to instructional practice. The results were dramatic gains for the school year after year. More importantly, this foundational work became the basis of a systemic collaboration between Partners in School Innovation and the San Jose Unified School District, which began in 2007. The promising early results of that first year are validating the initiative and providing momentum for an even deeper collaboration during the coming school year.
Partners worked with us last year and it was a great experience. For the first time, our school was focused and had a well-thought out structure to underpin our efforts. Grade levels collaborated around attaining self-selected "Big Goals," using data to measure how effective our teaching methods were in achieving those goals. Kudos to our Partner's for their leadership, enthusiasm, and support!
Partners in School Innovation really helped our school's reform effort. They helped us create structures, look at data (internal and externally) to help inform our instructional practice. More schools need to have this professional group of educational consultants work with their schools. They helped our teachers teach better, our school reform efforts run more smoothly. Partners SI are an excellent resource for professional development and helping with student achievement. We loved the collaborate work we have done with them over the years.
Partners in School Innovation have been excellent partners with the staff and principal at Grant Academy. They have supported teachers, analyzed data, helped us do strategic planning, and have had a key role in our continuous improvement. Grant has made the AYP goals for 2 years and I believe Partners shares in that success.
PartnersSI focuses on systemic improvements in the bottom 10% of public elementary schools serving children disadvantaged by life, income level and the challenges of learning English. Focusing on literacy results in grades 2-6 through multi-year partnerships with districts, PartnersSI addresses classroom teaching and educational leadership within the schools and district. Partners results are outstanding and the organization is exceedingly well-managed and efficient. Testimony to this is that last year Partners expanded its partnership with San Jose Unified School district from 4 schools to 12 schools with the school district paying a significant fraction of the cost of Partners' services. As a board member and donor, I get great satisfaction opening up opportunities in life for these children in poor neighborhoods with struggling schools. Helping Partners tackle our communities' most challenging education (and frankly, social) problems at their core is key. The ultimate satisfaction is improved results for kids through changes that will persist long after we've left the district.