Using Dr. David Conley’s Four Keys to College and Career Readiness framework (Think, Know, Act, Go), our partnership consultants work with school and district leadership teams to develop a common understanding around a holistic definition of student readiness. Through this process, leadership teams inventory and map resources and supports they offer to students while at the same time identifying what they do for ALL students, SOME students, and a FEW students. After mapping, teams are able to determine both their strengths and areas for growth in order to decide what actions they can take to better prepare all of their students for life after high school.

School leadership teams often have a general idea of the outcomes they want for their school community, but they’re not always sure how to clearly get that message across in a way that is easy to articulate. We work with leadership teams to help them develop a clear understanding of how they want to equip their students for the future. By developing Life Ready Maxims, schools are able to quickly weed out distractions and stay aligned to their overall vision – what we want to become true of the school. Once established, a school’s maxims can be used to highlight the areas of hidden strength already within the community allowing all stakeholders (students, staff, families, business leaders, etc.) to embrace as their own.

Once leadership teams decide on what needs to be done, our consultants work with them to identify how Inflexion can provide support to keep momentum going around their priority and to document the successes and challenges that happen throughout the year as they implement their strategy.

Branding isn’t just a logo– it’s a message, or more accurately, a promise to the community. As we prepare students to navigate the complex pathways of the future, it is important for schools and districts to have a clear sense of who they are, what matters most, and to be able to clearly communicate that to their community. Our partnership consultants work with educational leaders to develop an identity that motivates the school community to invest in its vision of student readiness.

Once a school has a simple and clear vision of how to prepare its students for life after high school, how do the leaders motivate others to invest in this vision? How do they turn a theoretical vision into action? We work with leaders to analyze the current branding that is present in a school and develop awareness campaigns to give schools a comprehensive and customized strategy to reach the target audiences in the community who can move the dial on building a strong identity around the school vision.

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.

In order for a school community to embrace a vision of student readiness, it should be actively involved in shaping that vision and to develop student centered systems that prepare each student for life after high school, students need to be regularly asked about their thoughts, feelings, interests, and aspirations. Not only do they need to be asked, but schools and districts need structures and systems that embed their feedback into leadership level decision-making processes. We design Engagement Sessions for students, staff, families, alumni, and community members to give stakeholders an opportunity to collectively generate and articulate the values, beliefs, and priorities that matter to them. We also use these engagement sessions to dig deeper with students or families who have been historically underserved or excluded to ensure their voices are not lost and that they see themselves in the school’s identity. Our partnership consultants work with school and district leaders to set up systems with their students, families, and other stakeholders and identify ways to ensure that their voices are integrated into the existing structures and decision-making processes of the school and/or district.

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.

We support strategic planning processes that build on a school or district’s identity and engage key stakeholders in the process to ensure that resulting plans represent the voices of the community. We think of the process of developing a strategic plan as more than just document development, but a mechanism for engaging stakeholder perspectives, building relationships, and building capacity and ownership for ongoing improvement.