Transforming Districts: The NISL Supports

District leaders can drive the change students need to be successful through NISL's powerful suite of district offerings.

Redesign your district with NISL

NISL’s District Offerings

Based on 30 years of research into top-performing countries by the National Center on Education and the Economy (NCEE), NISL has developed a suite of district offerings that provide district leaders the knowledge, skills, tools and support needed to redesign their systems as systems, with each element purposefully reinforcing and strengthening the others.

District System Design Partnership (DSDP)

The District System Design Partnership (DSDP) is a shared learning experience for district leadership teams that allows them to view persistent challenges through a new lens and develop solutions to achieve a shared vision. District leaders need to know what makes top-performing systems work, and they must have a shared understanding of the path forward to match or exceed that performance. Each member of the district’s leadership team must possess strong leadership skills and attributes—to think strategically, drive change, build teams, and lead ethically towards an equitable education for all students. Learn More.

Superintendents Academy

NISL’s Superintendents Academy is designed to scale improvements in education systems, instruction, and student learning across entire regions or states. The academy is a rigorous, research-based, cohort-delivered executive development program for district superintendents. The academy provides district leaders with the knowledge, skills and tools to design and lead district-wide, coherent, aligned systems of instruction and learning, based on examples of the best performers in the United States and worldwide. Learn more.

System Design Benchmarking (SDB)

The System Design Benchmarking (SDB) supports superintendents and their district leadership teams in dramatically improving student performance at scale by redesigning the district to look and operate very differently than past public education models. The SDB lays the groundwork that will enable district leadership teams to redesign the district’s whole education system, while simultaneously creating a shared learning environment that allows the leadership team to view their challenges and opportunities through the lens of high-performance educational systems. Each facilitation is tailored so that the experience is specifically relevant to each district’s unique context. Learn more.

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