About Us

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Who We Are

 We are a small and  growing education policy and consulting group committed to working with  educational leaders, policymakers, and organizations who are interested  in, or actively engaged in, the use of systems thinking to improve  public education. We work with state departments of education,  districts, schools, and partner organizations to pursue improvement strategies and policies that will enhance learning among  adults and students.   

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What we do to support innovation

Teachers,  administrators, and educational leaders spend long hours figuring out  how to do their jobs better and improve teaching and learning, and in  doing so they continually come up with new and potentially innovative  ideas and strategies. We know that innovation, and more importantly the  untapped potential for innovation, does exist across the public school  sector, but that the system of public education does not always provide  fertile ground for the development and sharing of such innovation. 


We work to support the development and expansion of innovative ideas to improve public education by cultivating strategic leadership and learning, supporting the construction of a policy environment conducive to innovation, and engaging in meaningful evaluations of the strategies to improve schools.

History

INSTLL was founded in 2008 by Brett Lane and builds upon his over 20 years of experience working for two Regional Education Laboratories and with state and district leaders on both coasts, as part of the national infrastructure for providing technical assistance and support to states and districts. INSTLL applies lessons learned from working within the system to provide custom, flexible, and evidence-driven services to state and district leaders committed to making a difference. 


Our current work involves researching the policy conditions necessary for states and districts to scale up and effectively implement district and school turnaround and improvement efforts. We are working with multiple organizations as a thought partner, researcher, and evaluator to develop innovative strategies for improving public education, especially in urban and high poverty rural areas. We specialize in partnering with states and district to develop strategic approaches to district and school improvement. 

Focus on District and School Turnaround

Since 2009, Mr. Lane has worked closely with Massachusetts’ Office of District and School Turnaround, supporting the administration of the school improvement grant (SIG) program and the design and implementation of the state’s Turnaround Initiative for underperforming/priority districts and schools. INSTLL’s work is founded on an interdisciplinary academic background emphasizing the relationships among law, policy, and the broader community and social issues influencing public education.

We Welcome Partnerships

Now based outside of Baltimore, MD, INSTLL specializes in the active design and use of educational accountability systems, research and evaluation, and ensuring that education policy—as written and enacted—leads to effective improvements, in states, districts, and schools.

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Institute for Strategic Leadership and Learning

30 Overbrook Road Catonsville, MD 21228US

(443) 635-4816

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