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Partners In School Innovation

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services, Elementary & Secondary Schools, Literacy

Mission: Our mission is to transform teaching and learning in the lowest-performing American public schools so that every child, regardless of background, thrives.

Results: Between 2011 and 2012, Partners’ schools: • Significantly increased the percentage of students who scored Proficient or Advanced on the CST-ELA by 5.7 percentage points, nearly double the growth rate of 2.9 percentage points seen in the rest of California • Are increasing the percentage of Proficient and Advanced students more than 2 times faster than a matched cohort of schools in the state that serve similar students (5.7 percentage points vs. 2.6 percentage points) • Significantly decreased the percentage of students who scored Far Below Basic or Below Basic on the state exam by 4.5 percentage points, more than double the state decrease of 1.9 percentage points, and by 2.6 percentage points in a matched cohort of schools that served similar students Partners’ schools also saw outstanding results in the Academic Performance Index (API): • On average, our partner schools more than tripled statewide API growth. Growth across all grades statewide was only 10 points. The average 2012 API growth experienced by our partner schools was 32 points • 87% of our 15 partner schools with valid 2012 API growth scores (13 total) experienced double-digit growth on the API • Our 10 partner elementary schools with a valid 2012 API growth score increased their API scores by an average of 24 points. Statewide growth for grades 2-6 was 7 points

Target demographics: We accelerate the academic achievement of low-income students of color and renew the promise of public education.

Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 30,000 students

Geographic areas served: SF Bay Area, Michigan and across US

Programs: Partners forms multi-year partnerships with urban schools and districts to implement a continuous school improvement process that dramatically improves the quality of teaching and leadership in low-performing schools.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Donor

Rating: 5

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.