Our mission is to transform teaching and learning

in the lowest-performing public schools so that every student,

regardless of background, thrives.

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Enhancing Math Instruction in Philadelphia

Partners is supporting a network of ten middle schools through a grant from the

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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What We Do


Cultivate Results-Oriented Leadership

We support leaders to deepen their leadership skills and knowledge of instruction, adult learning, and change processes in order to lead transformation and accelerate student learning.


Develop Culturally and Linguistically Responsive Instruction

Partners’ staff guide teachers to develop greater cultural proficiency, enabling them to deepen their relationships with students, set clearer goals around what their students need to learn, and to deliver deeply engaging instruction.


Leverage Data to Drive Instructional and Organizational Improvement

We help our partners develop the skillful practice of using data to diagnose needs, inform goals, and monitor the impact of new strategies. Our proven data-analysis tools and improvement cycles empower leaders and teachers to use data to guide their daily practice.


Build and Implement Robust Systems for Teacher Learning and Development

We help schools design and provide “just in time” professional development, substantive opportunities for collaborative reflection and planning, as well as individualized coaching and feedback.


Lead for Educational Equity and Improve Outcomes for Vulnerable Children of Color

We empower our partners to be cultural bridge-builders to meet the diverse needs of the communities they serve.


Create Welcoming and Inclusive Schools

We work with schools to engage families and implement strategies to strengthen the school community to ensure that every family, student, and staff member feels valued and respected.


Implement Distributed Leadership Practices

We systematically develop teacher leadership in ways proven to impact student learning and sustain transformation.


Empower Student Agency

We promote practices that have been shown to build students of color’s sense of agency and empowerment.

Partners has helped turn our school around on many levels and helped to strengthen the staff and administrative team. We owe a great deal of our academic and culture/climate successes to our partnership

Richard Curci

Principal, San Francisco Unified School District

Partners’ work is clearly a powerful national model for school transformation; but what might be the most lasting benefit for us is how the Partners’ approach works to build the capacity of our leaders at the district level.

José Manzo

Superintendent, Alum Rock Union Elementary School District

Being a partner school felt overwhelming in the beginning because I misunderstood the purpose of the support. The support is not about what Partners wants. The support is all about what I want as an instructional leader.

Nneka Daniels

Principal, Battle Creek Public Schools, Michigan

2017-18 Annual Report

Partners in School Innovation presents its 2017-18 Annual Report. Download to read about our successes working in schools and districts from the past school year.

2017 Gratitude Award

Partners in School Innovation is proud to have been named a “2017 Gratitude Awardee” by The Gratitude Network.

Disrupting Patterns of Inequity


Latest news and information from Partners and the fight from the front lines in eliminating the achievement gap for young students of color and English language learners.

Partners Pledge


Click here to find a variety of publications exploring the impact of our approach, providing thought leadership, and joining the critical conversation on what can be done to create opportunity for all..

We have seen the benefits and can provide proof as a staff to show that we have seen steady growth in the percentage of students who have raised scores. The process of setting goals, planning more effectively, implementing plans, assessing and reflecting on progress made, and adjusting plans to ensure we are continuously improving reflects in our students’ scores.

Angela Smith

Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools, MI

The one thing I can tell you about Partners is that it will transform your school and the results that you will see for your teachers primarily in their work, and also of course for your students, will be dramatic.

Nora Guerra

Director of Educational Innovation and Development, Oak Grove School District

The Applied Materials Foundation has achieved an impressive return on our investment. We have supported Partners’ work in the highest-need schools and districts consistently over a twelve year period.  Our committed long-term relationship has helped improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in our partner schools and has achieved remarkable results for students!

Siobhan Kenney

Director, Global Community Affairs, Applied Materials