The American Alliance for Innovative Systems
The consultants at AAIS are hands down the best educational consultants I have worked with in the last twenty years. They have the unique ability to help guide district-level systems while also having the hands-on skill to work with teachers at the school level. In addition, our district and school-based staff also find them to be very “real” in the sense that they are very personable and easy to work with.
It has been a true blessing to work with AAIS. With guidance from Robin, we have been able to transform our grade level meetings into true PLCs! Teachers are making decisions about instruction, as a team, to impact student learning. We have seen the passion re-ignite in many teachers throughout this process. The administration has learned to analyze classroom and PLC observation data to identify strengths and areas for growth, providing us with a clear focus for professional development and allowing us to target specific areas of the planning cycle.
AAIS has provided us with a personalized approach to professional development in our schools and our district. The work that AAIS does is based on a systems approach, which allows for connections to be made at all levels. The consultants with AAIS bring relevant and practical experience to every session. They have made a real difference for our district!
As Project Director of Smaller Learning Communities in Nashville, TN, I would like to endorse the work of Robin Shrode and David Holden. They have worked with teachers and administrators in 8 of our comprehensive high schools. We have piloted a model of ongoing support with them that has provided teams of teachers with models and strategies that they have practiced throughout the year. Their formal trainings have also been valuable to our system.
Because of Robin’s work with us, we have gone from simply planning together to problem solving difficult instructional issues. It has been wonderful to see teachers truly working together to achieve student success.
This activity was POWERFUL. Our group had a lot of discussion deciding on the priority standard to use. We ended up using one of the power standards for the major work of the grade. Our discussion was extremely rich and it was the type of discussion which should go on at all times. I thought before starting that I really knew how to deconstruct, but my work [as an instructional coach] has been shallow. I will incorporate this activity in PD this summer. Also, the article [included in training] should be mandatory for anyone working in MNPS as it clarifies so much about learning targets”.