What will it take to build an education system that provides high-quality learning and development opportunities for all of a community’s students? AISR believes that all reform efforts must be grounded in equitable access to learning opportunities for our nation’s most underserved students.

Through grants and contracts, we collaborate with a wide variety of partners to work toward this vision through research; technical assistance to districts, communities, and their partners; and strategic communications.

Our work is currently divided among four principal areas of practice:

Research & Policy

Community Organizing & Engagement

District & Systems Transformation

Strategic Communications

Schools and districts cannot do this work alone. To address persistent achievement gaps and develop sustainable education reform at scale requires the combined commitment, efforts, and investment of an entire community. We envision a high-functioning, "smart" district with a range of civic and community partners that provides a broad network of opportunities and supports to young people inside and outside of school. We call this vision a “smart education system.” 

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