Too many school improvement initiatives dive immediately into reforms of learning approaches or processes. This is skipping steps.
Inflexion’s Signature Service is a multi-year partnership, based on a sequence of engagements that are grounded in organizational change theory, ongoing research, and practical results. We start by working with school leadership teams to engage the entire community of stakeholders—teachers and other staff, families, community members, students—to clearly define desired outcomes and a unique identity for the school. We call these the two anchors. Together, they provide necessary clarity and support for other changes which may be needed to improve student outcomes.
Ours is not a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach. We work with leadership teams on a well-structured, customized sequence—schoolwide engagements, self-reflection, results analysis, progress measurement—to provide all of your students with the outcomes they need for success beyond high school.
ANCHOR ONE: Shared Vision for Readiness
Inflexion guides leadership teams through a process of defining and communicating the holistic set of skills that ALL students need for success after high school. Guided by evidence-based research and extensive education experience, our team helps educators identify and prioritize the skills needed to be successful after high school. These incorporate interpersonal, intrapersonal, and metacognitive skills and go beyond simply stating desired student outcomes. Focusing on these skills also provides clarity about the role of teachers and content in achieving success.
ANCHOR TWO: School Identity
We work with school leaders to gather input from community stakeholders and create statements that quickly and easily communicate the values and beliefs that are important to the school. They also underscore the community’s shared vision for readiness. These “Life Ready Maxims” are short, memorable, distinctive, and enduring to your school, and can be graphically integrated with your logo and colors to appear in lobbies, in classrooms, and on school stationery. By identifying and reinforcing a clear sense of identity, the maxims build community and empower school leadership teams to drive the type of organizational change that ensures schools meet the interests, aspirations, and needs of ALL students.
ALIGN AND REVISE Key Systems and Structures
Once schools establish the necessary—but often missing—anchors of a Shared Vision for Readiness and School Identity, Inflexion guides leadership teams through the latest thinking on research-based best practices and what is working in schools similar to theirs. We advise schools as they revise their key systems to support the learning environment. We help align their structures and learning practices to better meet the needs of historically underserved and marginalized students.
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“The Inflexion team is a valued thought partner in our district. They have supported our schools through the thinking, planning, and implementation of our goals. They have a unique way of quickly establishing a rapport with staff. Inflexion’s professionalism, follow up, and response to our needs has been critical to our success. I’ve always felt that they are truly here to help us succeed and meet our goals.”
Dr. Constantino Aguilar, Assistant Superintendent
Merced Union High School District
Our team is committed to engaging in research that informs key decisions and translates to practice. Whether we’re gathering or analyzing data for developing a strategic plan, scrutinizing school infrastructure for alignment and implementation readiness, reviewing the research literature for best practices, or conducting an environmental scan to determine how other schools or districts face a particular issue, our research skills are put to use in service of addressing our clients’ information needs.
Our team has extensive experience in designing and conducting formal program evaluations in partnership with schools, districts, and other organizations. We tailor our evaluations to meet our partner’s information needs related to program design, implementation, outcomes, and impact. Inflexion supports many types of evaluation efforts, from conducting an independent, third-party evaluation of a program to building evaluation capacity to measure progress toward benchmarks and indicators of program success.
Our alignment work is informed by more than 10 years of managing the Advanced Placement Course Audit (APCA) for the College Board. We design our work to empower and engage teachers to incorporate standards into their curriculum using a quality syllabus format and collaborate to map and gap standards coverage across courses. As part of this work, our alignment team engages with a premier network of postsecondary experts and industry professionals when schools want to ensure academic coherence with college courses or jobs training programs. We also use the expertise of our in-house team of programmers and online technology tools to manage and report on the process. These alignment services can be customized to meet the needs of schools, districts, state agencies, and nonprofits and will support all students in a smooth transition out of high school.