Technical Assistance

CEii partners with schools and systems to create customized solutions that support areas of need and to identify improvement goals. Through our consulting and technical assistance services, we collaborate with participants’ key stakeholders to gain a thorough understanding of the challenges and opportunities. We work with teams on direct problems and help design change strategies for their work in their specific contexts.

CEii also offers a variety of professional learning programs geared toward teacher leaders, school leaders, and school system leaders. The Center’s training and hands-on learning opportunities are delivered through webinars and virtual platforms, in-person workshops, and multi-day institutes. All are specifically geared toward teams working together on problems in their schools and systems. 

Principles of Improvement

The Center offers engaging webinars and in-person training sessions to unpack specific practices designed to help participants address the improvement needs in their states, districts, and schools.

Transforming Professional Learning Communities

This training series is designed to assist teacher leaders and school administrators in re-envisioning and re- organizing dedicated grade-level and department team time for shared planning into a powerful forum for collaborative learning and improvement.

Developing Teacher Leadership

These training modules provide teachers with a foundation in the principles of teacher leadership and strategies for guiding the improvement of teaching and learning with their peers.

School Improvement Planning with School and Systems

  • Needs Assessments and Problem Identification: By gathering and analyzing data from a range of stakeholders, needs assessments help to identify a specific problem of practice on which to focus.

  • Root Cause Analysis: We lead stakeholders through a process of analyzing demographic, academic, contextual, operational, and perception data and then delve into the full range of factors that enable or limit their success. These root cause analyses have been game changing for school districts building continuous improvement cycles in their work.

  • School Improvement Planning: We help stakeholders identify an aim or goal that is manageable and measurable, a set of actions or drivers that provide the most leverage to meet the goal, and change ideas that might affect those drivers.

School Improvement Institute

This is a multi-day institute integrates principles of improvement science to provide customized support to school leadership teams to improve school performance.

  • Optimizing Learning as a Leadership Team

  • Working Collaboratively to Solve School-Specific Problems of Practice

  • Planning for School Improvement Implementation

Maryland State Department of Education Root Cause Analysis Project

The Maryland Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Consolidated State Plan requires Title I schools that have been identified by the state for comprehensive support and improvement to engage in a root cause analysis process. The Center developed facilitation tools and protocols, trainings, and processes to facilitate an evidence-based analysis of the root causes of poor performance in 36 identified schools across three school districts. The work in each school was documented along with recommendations to support school improvement planning.

iLEAD and the Improvement Science Collaborative

The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching launched the Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD) network in 2017 to further the capacities of school districts and institutions of higher eduction to lead improvements within their organizations and in partnership with one another. Our partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools, called the Improvement Science Collaborative, is one of 11 national partnerships in the iLEAD network and it includes integrating Improvement Science into the College of Education's EdD doctoral cohort program. 

What Matters Now Network

The What Matters Now Network is a collaboration of state-based coalitions that include educators at the school, district, and state levels engaging in cycles of continuous learning with coaching and support. The Maryland Networked Improvement Community includes the Center, the Maryland State Department of Education, and two local school districts with a focus on the preparation for teh implementation of Next Generation Science Standards and new aligned state assessments in 2021.