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We work with districts, schools, and startup groups to help create the best learning  environments to meet community needs. There are a range of initiatives nationally to help schools improve through restructure, redesign, and comprehensive reform. While there is no single “answer” to the challenge of providing a high quality  education to all students, there are lessons learned. We help connect districts and schools to the research, the evidence in the field, and the practical experiences that help schools succeed.

Schmoker (2004) argues that with complex reform models, system overload may be the biggest threat to genuine improvement, emphasizing the importance of collaboration across classrooms and, most critically, school sites within a school district.

Currently we are working with initiatives that include:

  • Districtwide partnerships for improvement including
    • cross-site school visits, in-class coaching, and technical assistance to district and school leaders on implementation of RtI
  • School-wide partnership for improvement including
    • coaching, leadership training, and establishing the Cycle of Effective  Instruction as a problem2solving method for RtI
  • Charter School Design and Management
    • entering our fifth year supporting a K-5 and 6-12 charter in Pasadena  (www.aveson.org)
  • Pilot School Startup
    • providing design and technical assistance for a 6-12 international pilot school scheduled to open in 2010
  • Small Learning Community (SLC) Restructure
    • supporting a large SLC that is looking to improve its collaboration and  rigor as well as investigate non-charter options for great local control

Research on major district reform initiatives such as those in Philadelphia, New York, and San Diego, however, indicate the need for strong engagement in thoughtful, systematic efforts at involving the district, rather than an approach that diminishes their role (Borman, Overman, & Brown, 2003). K-12 School Design / Start-Up / Improvement

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School Design

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Balanced Instructional Design

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Common Core State Standards

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Global Competencies

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Collaboration Cycle

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Rel. Communities of Learners

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Response To Instruction

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Instructional Coaching

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Support Special Education

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Support English Learners

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