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Texas Partnerships

Instruction Partners is a nonprofit organization providing support to Texas school systems by observing teaching and learning, making a practical plan for instructional improvement, and developing leaders’ capacity to carry out that plan. 

Why Instruction Partners?

We are a Texas Education Agency partner

  • We are a TEA Vetted Improvement Provider
  • We are a TCLAS Decision 1 and 2 Vendor
  • Our services are aligned with the essential actions of TEA’s Effective Schools Framework

We have deep experience in Texas

  • In the 2021–22 school year, we are partnering with 13 Texas schools and systems
  • We have partnered with TEA to deliver remote professional learning experiences to system leaders statewide
  • Our Texas partnership team is 100% local

 

Texas Partner Map 2021

We work shoulder to shoulder with leaders to make a plan and help you carry it out

  • We tailor our support based on school and system needs and goals: Our team helps leaders effectively support continuous improvement in instruction and student learning.
  • We get results: Our partner schools improve the quality of instruction and increase student growth rates on statewide assessments.
  • We’re in this together: Our work emphasizes one-on-one and small-group instructional coaching; content-specific professional learning communities; and ongoing leader support

We are a team of proud ELA, math, science, and data nerds. 

Our local team consists of former teachers, coaches, and leaders with strong records of proven results and a shared passion for providing excellent instruction for all Texas students.  

Tai, Melodie, and Maggie are three members of our awesome Texas team.

How We Support Texas School Systems

Whether you are revising your strategies for improving early literacy or college and career readiness in response to HB3, implementing a targeted improvement plan, or planning how to support unfinished learning, Instruction Partners provides the focused support your leaders, teachers, and students need.

We spend time getting to know the needs of the educators, leaders, and schools we serve, allowing our team to custom-build service plans to support our partners’ goals.

Hear from our Texas partners

  • A district leader from Woodville Independent School District shared what it’s been like to build instructional leadership capacity and strengthen teacher support systems. Watch here. 
  • The leadership team from Aldine Independent School District discussed the challenges and successes of teaching, learning, and leading in the time of COVID-19. Watch here. 
Observe & Collect Evidence; Reflect & Create an Action Plan; Build & Add Capacity

Partnership Model

We support schools through recurring cycles of improvement, grounded in the needs of priority students and bookended by a beginning-of-year launch and end-of-year review.

 

 

Improvement Cycles

Observe & Collect Evidence

  • Lead classroom TEKS-aligned observational rounds with school leaders
  • Conduct teacher focus groups
  • Take stock of existing professional learning structures
  • Review lesson plans, student work examples, and student learning data

Reflect & Create Action Plan

  • Share our findings on instructional trends, core strengths, and focus areas
  • Perform root cause analysis of identified trends 
  • Determine focus of work, goals, and progress monitoring metrics

Build & Add Capacity

  • Provide tailored support for teachers, coaches, and leadership teams, aligned to the action plan. For example, support plans can include:
    • Setting an instructional vision
    • Building leaders’ instructional knowledge
    • Strengthening professional learning structures (collaborative planning; observation and feedback)
    • Forming and co-facilitating PLCs
    • Side-by-side coaching

Ready to get started?

Get in touch with our Texas team.

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