GLISI and SREB Announce New Partnership


February 26, 2019

Partnership to leverage improvement science for rural district classroom practices, professional facilitation

ATLANTA, Ga. – This week, the Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement (GLISI) and the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) announced their strategic two-year partnership to design and implement a networked improvement community among three rural district partners.

This partnership will engage teachers and leaders from three rural districts using improvement science to improve outcomes for middle and high school students. Improvement science is a process that uses rapid testing cycles to develop and refine solutions to problems shared across networks. GLISI and SREB will join forces to provide expert facilitation, on-site technical assistance, choice-driven personalized learning, and coaching of teachers and leaders. The synergy between GLISI’s track record of leadership development combined with SREB’s evidence-based programs for classroom instruction create substantial opportunity for innovation.

“This partnership holds tremendous promise for students and school systems in rural Georgia,” said GLISI Executive Director, Leslie Hazle Bussey. “This networked community will work together to continuously ask and answer: ‘How does the solution we’ve designed affect the students we serve?’ and ‘What can we do to improve our practice to enhance the learning experience?’” A distinctive second scope of the partnership is the meta engagement of GLISI and SREB in their own networked improvement community, creating a unique opportunity to evaluate the implementation and effectiveness of agencies that facilitate networked improvement communities (NICs).

“School leadership matters, and we’re pleased to be working with GLISI to help teachers and principals get better at finding and improving solutions,” said SREB President Stephen Pruitt. “This builds on what we’ve learned with our networks for school improvement in districts in Georgia, North Carolina and Alabama.”

GLISI and SREB are in the process of connecting with potential district partners now and will launch the network in June 2019. The partnership will continue through Summer 2021.

The Georgia Leadership Institute for School Improvement was born in 2001 and incorporated as an independent non-profit organization in 2012. GLISI is committed to uplifting school leaders, transforming mindsets and actions, creating vibrant cultures of innovation, and building excellent and equitable schools. For more information, please visit

About SREB
The Southern Regional Education Board works with states, schools and universities to improve public education at every level, from pre-K through Ph.D. SREB is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization headquartered in Atlanta. For more information, please visit

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