Improve Equity and Widen the Achievement Gap
In schools and districts across the U.S., LSI’s Applied Research Center is transforming core instruction and leadership practices, resulting in rapid gains in student learning.
Our metrics-driven methodologies are designed from decades of research, working with schools and districts across the U.S., state DOE’s, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Florida, and the Wallace Foundation in Des Moines, Iowa.
Our Schools for Rigor partnerships result in closing the achievement gap by equipping all students with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills to thrive in the 21st century. We believe these are the skills necessary to help break the cycle of poverty.
Our Vision for Education
Close the achievement gap. Equip all students with the social, emotional, and cognitive skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. Expand equity by giving every child access to rigorous core instruction that empowers learners to free themselves from generational poverty.
HOW WE PRODUCE A MEASURABLE PATH TO GROWTH
Our proven Schools for Rigor model delivers measurable and sustainable success through:
We start by partnering with districts to assess their systems through our scientific protocols. The evidence obtained through the assessments reveals the root causes inhibiting growth in student achievement.
Our professional development and coaching builds leadership capacity at all levels to establish a new vision for instruction as well as the implementation of improved rigorous core instructional practices.
EVIDENCE FOR SUCCESS
Once applied, the model produces visible evidence of student-learning outcomes. Our digital tools allow school and district leaders to track improvements and, if needed, adjust to ensure sustainable growth.
SEEING IS BELIEVING
Step inside the classroom and see how teacher and student targets are being met while learning is internalized at Grand Island Public Schools:
- See what student-centered learning looks like
- Hear children ask questions and challenge each other
- See how a vibrant classroom fosters collaboration
See the evidence of equity and rigor from the students to the teachers to the administrators.
LSI’s Schools for Rigor has helped us to implement attainable learning goals, scale our efforts, and better engage our students. It’s truly been a difference maker.
Principal, Pahokee Middle Senior High School, The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
BOOKS AND PUBLICATIONS
FASTER, BETTER EVAL
The 2017 update of Dr. Robert Marzano’s teacher evaluation model zeroes in on just 23 critical elements.
The Marzano approach to specific feedback grows professional skills and impacts student learning.
PRAISE FOR LEARNING SCIENCES
The LSI initiative was yielding evidence that could be seen immediately in the classrooms. Teachers were excited about it—there was a collective pride and synergy because they knew they were part of something very special.
– Dr. Matthew Shoemaker, Area Superintendent, The School District of Palm Beach County, Florida
We are making progress this year that I have never seen in my whole career. I’ve been in many districts and seen many programs, but I cannot believe what I’ve seen this year with this instructional model.
– Dr. Julia Espe, Superintendent, Princeton MN Area Schools