About Us

We are the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement.

OUR MISSION
> UPLIFT school leaders
> TRANSFORM mindsets and action
> CREATE vibrant cultures of innovation
> BUILD excellent and equitable schools

OUR VISION
A Georgia where schools and communities pursue breakthrough success for all students regardless of race, geography, or family income.

"I helped found GLISI because schools only improve with sound leadership. GLISI remains the premiere leadership development organization in Georgia because they get results."

Governor Roy Barnes

Georgia Governor | 1993 to 2003

Our Story

Leaders are the heartbeat of change. 

GLISI was founded in 2001 by a coalition of education, business, and government leaders who shared a passion for improving public education in Georgia and saw leadership development as a critical lever in realizing system-wide change. We incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2012, and have since served more than 16,000 teachers and leaders in Georgia and beyond.

Our staff is a dynamic group of school and district leadership experts, researchers, and nonprofit management professionals who apply their diverse talents to advance our mission.

The belief that leaders are called to draw out the highest potential in teachers and their teams fuels our curiosity, creativity, and innovation to design experiences that inspire new ways of teaching and learning.

What We Do

Our mission statement is our theory of action.

We design and facilitate learning experiences that uplift > transform > create > and build more excellent and equitable schools by:

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Our Story

Leaders are the heartbeat of change. 

GLISI was founded in 2001 by a coalition of education, business, and government leaders who shared a passion for improving public education in Georgia and saw leadership development as a critical lever in realizing system-wide change. We incorporated as an independent nonprofit organization in 2012, and have since served more than 12,000 teachers and leaders in Georgia and beyond.

Our staff is a dynamic group of school and district leadership experts, researchers, and nonprofit management professionals who apply their diverse talents to advance our mission.

The belief that leaders are called to draw out the highest potential in teachers and their teams fuels our curiosity, creativity, and innovation to design experiences that inspire new ways of teaching and learning.

What We Do

Our mission statement is our theory of action.

We design and facilitate learning experiences that uplift > transform > create > and build more excellent and equitable schools by:

What We Do Graphic-25

"GLISI gave us actionable feedback and guidance. It was clear how well they came to know us and how much they cared about our success."

Dr. Robbie Hooker

Social Circle City Schools | Superintendent

Our Board of Directors

bperez

BOARD CHAIR

Brooke Perez

MANAGER
Georgia Power

jbarrow

Jody Barrow

SUPERINTENDENT (Retired)
Fayette County Public Schools

abazemore

Adrian Bazemore

MANAGER
Chick-fil-a, Inc.

mcolvin

Matt Colvin

DIRECTOR OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
The University of Georgia

sdolinger

Steve Dolinger

PRESIDENT
GA Partnership for Excellence in Education

Bferguson

Beverly Ferguson

SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY AFFAIRS
Georgia Pacific Foundation

jlove

Jonathan Love

HEAD OF FINANCE & REVENUE OPERATIONS
Flock Safety

dpeterson

Dave Peterson

COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER
Literacy for All

Dana Rickman

Dana Rickman, Ph.D.

PRESIDENT
Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education

jsatelmajer

John Satelmajer

FINANCIAL SERVICES PARTNER
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)

kschooley

Korynn Schooley

VICE PRESIDENT
Achieve Atlanta

vwilson

Valerie Wilson

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Georgia School Boards Association

gailtwashington

Gail Tusan-Washington

TRIAL JUDGE
Fulton County

jzauner

John Zauner

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Georgia School Superintendents Association