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IMPACT will evaluate aspects of your school that you would like to know more about:

  • School Culture
  • Community members’ perceptions of the school
  • Students' perception of safety, academic rigor, preparedness for college, etc.
  • Teacher satisfaction
  • Attendance
  • Parent Participation
  • After school activities
  • Discipline referrals

IMPACTS evaluation methods are as follows:

  • Collect and analyze data
  • Write evaluation reports
  • Use a variety of methods that might include surveys, shadowing, cultural walks, focus groups, or interviews
  • Analyze the data through a collaborative and reflective process

Based on the research IMPACT will then make data-driven decisions designed to:

  • Help staff make connections between standardized assessment results (ISAT, PSAE, ACT, EXPLORE, PLAN) and instructional strategies
  • Create and implement Common Core Standards
  • Make connections between student achievement and school-wide professional development

Create Rubrics

  • Design rubrics for teacher and student behaviors, assessment of student work, school culture, academic rigor, teacher feedback, student dialogue, etc.
  • Engage in collaborative use of the rubric to achieve satisfactory outcomes
  • Analyze rubric data and make connections to relevant factors and other sources of data.
  • Create common vision, vocabulary and expectations

Leadership Training

  • Coaching for success
  • Coaching protocols
  • Norming observation practices
  • Literacy coaching
  • Roles of lead teachers/department chairs
  • Administrator as coach

Working with parents and community groups

  • Asset-Based strategies to improve parental and community involvement
  • Community Asset Maps: A key to uncovering a community’s resources
  • Excavating parent and student gifts for school improvement
  • Mobilizing social and human capital


  • Content Area Literacy
  • Writing Instruction—Writing to learn and learning to write
  • Vocabulary Instruction
  • Data Driven Instruction
  • Text Structures
  • Inquiry based instruction/the art of questioning
  • QAR/Bloom’s Taxonomy
  • Socratic Seminars
  • Active Reading Strategies
  • Grammar

Scoring Student Work

  • Design or refine powerful tools to score student work
  • Engage in a protocol for teachers to score student work together
  • Increase the consistency of grading across classrooms, grades and school years
  • Define what ‘excellent’ work looks like
  • Increase teacher and student expectations
  • Data Collection
  • Data Entry
  • Data Analysis, descriptive and inferential
  • Statistical Modeling
  • Data displays & Report Writing
  • Analysis of standardized assessment results: ISAT, PSAE, ACT, EXPLORE, PLAN, Work Keys
  • Cohort Analysis of students or members
  • Literature Review
  • Needs Assessment
  • Survey design, web survey, and web-based data management
  • Sampling design and execution