New partnership empowers principals to ‘dream big’ (Links to an external site)

New partnership empowers principals to ‘dream big’
SLPS Principal Redesign Fellows leverage existing strengths to improve outcomes Boost ninth-grade reading scores by two years at Vashon High School.   Introduce play- and project-based lessons at Shenandoah Elementary.  Improve assessments at Roosevelt High School. The principals at these schools and four others are poised to achieve big goals after participating in the inaugural cohort […]

Champion for equitable education, May honored with Ethic of Service Award

Champion for equitable education, May honored with Ethic of Service Award
May leads Institute for School Partnership, leader in STEM education and teacher development You may not know her name, but the superintendent of your child’s school district certainly does.  For decades, Victoria May, executive director of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked with local educators to create high-quality, equitable education […]

Improving math confidence and outcomes with district-wide immersion

Improving math confidence and outcomes with district-wide immersion
There are no worksheets in Rachel Thomas’ sixth grade math class at Ritenour Middle School. They don’t memorize formulas, either. Even more impressive is the way students rally around one another as they tackle the latest high-level math problem that Thomas has thrown their way. They’re in this together. “The focus on high-level tasks has […]

Deepening math learning with 1:1 teacher coaching

Deepening math learning with 1:1 teacher coaching
For some reason, the 40 fourth graders that Kristen Buescher co-teaches this year at Parkwood Elementary School are finding cows hilarious. “Their collective obsession with cows has bonded the group, so we’re going with it,” Buescher muses. “We really try to build opportunities that bond students to one another and to us. Laughing while you’re […]

Mud pies, math and mess with meaning

Mud pies, math and mess with meaning
Even when their play is mud-pie messy, preschool children are learning skills they need for socializing, language, and math. “Young learners are capable of higher-level thinking, and much like adults, they appreciate authentic work,” says Corrie Hamilton, a teacher at Julia Goldstein Early Childhood Education Center (JGECEC) in University City, where plans are underway for […]

ISP Associate Director Rachel Ruggirello receives national recognition for significant contributions to STEM education in the St. Louis region

ISP Associate Director Rachel Ruggirello receives national recognition for significant contributions to STEM education in the St. Louis region
Rachel Ruggirello, associate director of the Institute for School Partnership at Washington University in St. Louis, is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Administrative Support Award by the National Science Education Leadership Association (NSELA). The award is given annually to honor one educator who is working outside the classroom at school, district and city/county levels […]

Growing Stronger Together: An Improvement Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Growing Stronger Together: An Improvement Science Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
For the past 30 years, the Institute for School Partnership (ISP), an academic center at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked regionally with schools and community organizations to empower educators and improve educational outcomes for all students. The ISP offers a variety of programs that serve approximately 189,000 students and 3,850 teachers from 56 school districts and 64 independent schools annually. […]