Reforming schools to achieve better educational outcomes is at the top of most national, state, and local school improvement agendas. SRI partners with policymakers, administrators, and educators to identify desired school improvement plans, educational outcomes and strategies to achieve them, and to find ways to collect and use data to monitor progress.
SRI's Center for Education and Human Services provides support in these areas and more:
Aligning curriculum, instruction, technology, and assessments
Meaningful parent and community involvement
Targeted professional development for teachers and administrators
SRI's Center for Education Policy has a long history of studying reform of the prekindergarten-16 education system, with a special emphasis on efforts to improve outcomes for disadvantaged students. The Center provides support in these areas and more:
Evaluation of national, state, and local education policies and initiatives
Alternative school models, such as charter schools, early college high schools, and career and technical education schools
SRI's Center for Technology in Learning emphasizes the integration of the curriculum, technology, pedagogy, professional development, assessments, and leadership. Using design experiments and qualitative and quantitative methods, the Center creates innovative yet practical approaches and identifies factors that make a difference in the classroom and online learning settings.
Systems Change and Innovation in Education
SRI works with funders and other innovators to design, implement, and evaluate systems change, resulting in meaningful and sustainable changes in education, social service, health delivery, and workforce development. SRI evaluates these efforts by addressing the implementation process and the extent to which desired outcomes are realized.
SRI's systems perspective encompasses understanding the complex context in which projects and policies are implemented, exploring interactions among multiple variables, being attuned to small changes, and looking for discontinuities and patterns.