According to a Rand Corporation study in 2019, the average cost of a school improvement program in Alabama was over $80,000 per school. Teams Improving Practice costs much less – between $16,000 and $25,000 per school. At that much lower cost, roughly 90% of the teachers who attend the training get results from what they learned in their classrooms.
As professional development, TIP’s approach is unique. It relies on learning sciences that cut across all age groups and all disciplines. The training itself is multidisciplinary as teachers work in physics, psychology, music, art, film, biology, literature, and history to learn about learning and what it looks like. Professional development extends from training institutes to online resources, school visits, webinars, and monitoring applications. The professional development focuses on just a few teachers from a school and relies on the principal’s support to create conversations between those teachers and others in the school for school improvement. The research on peer-to-peer influence is extensive and compelling – that is the model used in TIP.
The following are just a few comments from teachers who participated in TIP in 2021-22.
- “Was absolutely refreshing!”
- “Was one of the best decisions I’ve made this year!”
- “It’s GREAT!!!”
- “It’s helpful to teachers, no matter how long they have been in the classroom.”
- “Was amazing and built small learning communities that I don’t think they even know they created.”
- “Importantly, I learned to be a better educator. I really recommend this to all individuals in education and higher education as well.”
- “TIP has been the best training I have attended!”
During the 2023-24 school year, two additional TIP cohorts will be forming in two locations. No more than twenty-five additional schools will be accepted for participation.
Please fill in the form below if interested in TIP for your school district.