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Since 1991, the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) has stood at the forefront of school turnaround. Driven by our basic mission — rigor, relevance, and relationships — our collaboration with thousands of schools and hundreds of districts has transformed the way educators deliver instruction and provided students with engaging, interactive learning opportunities that have improved academic performance. Our core belief is that achievement should not be defined by a grade or test but rather by whether students are equipped with skill and knowledge to succeed in an ever-changing world.


Our work is firmly rooted in:


Practice- Our turnaround specialists, expert practitioners, and thought-leaders have walked in your shoes and understand that real change comes with real challenges.


Collaboration- Teamwork, partnerships, and empowerment are imperative to creating a culture of change. People are the driving source of our education system. Empower people and anything is possible.


Our Theory of Change- No two schools or districts are alike. The most successful school reform efforts follow a structure, not a script, and use building blocks for sustained improvement.


Through research and analysis, the International Center has identified proven tools for creating effective and sustained school improvement.  Showcasing the results is an equally important part of what the International Center does at their Annual Model Schools Conference.


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Aspirations Unlimited International (AUI)


Aspirations Unlimited International is dedicated to utilizing student voice to help all students reach their academic, personal, and social potential. AUI provides dynamic assessment tools to assist schools and universities with collecting and analyzing student perspective. All of our products are developed from research-based and proven methods, and are designed to achieve the goal of fostering student aspirations in order for students to reach their fullest potential. 




 Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)

The Association for Career and Technical Education is the largest national education association dedicated to the advancement of education that prepares youth and adults for careers.  ACTE serves as the voice of the career and technical education educator in all policy and advocacy aspects.  The individuals and institutions who are members of ACTE receive access to information, resources, professional development and tools that enable them to remain relevant and aligned with the education and workforce systems.  




Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)


For the last 5 years the Successful Practices Network has partnered with the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) on a High School Initiative with funding provided by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  The Initiative includes professional development and research activities focused on best practices in 75 model schools in 10 focus states.


CCSSO is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.


Established in 1927, the Council serves as an informed, pragmatic voice in representing the chief state school officers’ views on education policy. Through targeted policy and effective advocacy, the Council provides a platform for chiefs to be heard. The organization also undertakes projects to help state education agencies understand, devise, and execute policy; adopt initiatives to promote educational reform efforts; and engage in collaborative exchanges to share best practices and model solutions. In addition, the Council offers professional development to its members in a wide range of areas to build capacity at the state level.



 Foundation for Educational Administration (FEA)


The Foundation for Educational Administration was founded in 1985 as a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization to provide professional development for the members of the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association. FEA is recognized statewide and nationally as a premier organization for providing quality professional development to improve student achievement and sustainable school improvement throughout New Jersey and in other states. FEA's major goals include addressing critical and emerging issues in educational leadership through program development and research and to provide comprehensive training programs to teachers and school leaders reflecting recruitment, retention and renewal.



   School Administrators of Montana (SAM)

School Administrators of Montana  was organized as an association of administrators in 1976.  The objectives of the organization are to provide an opportunity for a continuous study of the mutual professional problems facing school administrators; to make members aware of public education issues; to provide a forum for the discussion of such issues; to formulate positions on such issues; to establish close and continuous communication and cooperation in matters of mutual concern to all levels of school administrators; and to cooperate with other organizations and the general public in the promotion of effective public education.




Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations (QISA)


The Quaglia Institute for Student Aspirations is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and putting into practice the conditions that foster student aspirations in schools and learning communities around the world.


QISA leads the study of student aspirations through innovative research, surveys, publications, and direct work in schools around the world. QISA’s mission and commitment to schools are based on more than two decades of groundbreaking research. Data, collected annually from hundreds of thousands of students, is used to inform educational policy at the international, national, and local levels.