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Partnering with Educators to Improve Core Instruction & Elevate Equity

Why LSI

LSI is a mission-driven company specializing in developing the whole child – socially, emotionally, and academically. Schools experience tremendous success and recommend LSI to other districts because our approach is very different from others in the education industry. We invite you to explore this section more to find out why.

Whether in brick and mortar or virtual classrooms, we rapidly increase rigor and engagement in Tier 1 core instruction that closes stubborn learning gaps and increases equity and access for all students. Our solutions are research-based, and unlike pre-packaged solutions and “canned” programs, we honor where you are and where you want to go … and we get results.

We are your K-12 Equity in Core Instruction Partner. We implement end to end instructional equity systems that close the opportunity and achievement gaps for all students. We’ve had particular success in engaging reluctant and vulnerable learners into rigorous core instruction. Students need to be exposed to rigor to prepare them for the workplace.

Michael D. TothFounder & CEO of LSI

Districts/Schools Turn to LSI When …

TEACHERS:

Need to strengthen virtual or brick and mortar core instruction practices and results.

Are unsure how to use classroom formative assessment in virtual or on-site instruction to close daily learning gaps before they become achievement gaps.

STUDENTS:

Need accelerated learning to close gaps and make up for lost instruction due to COVID-19.

Have proficiency levels that are unacceptable or have plateaued.

SCHOOLS:

Have a lack of consistency in the quality of distance learning or on-site instruction provided to students.

Have achievement gaps persist year after year despite robust efforts to address the issue.

Realize the futility of using intervention systems to solve core instructional issues.

Have had it with the expense and shortsightedness of mass interventions and are committed to reducing inequities in outcomes and seeing students experience more positive reinforcement when learning in core instruction.

Require way too much work on their comprehensive evaluation systems for the value received and are a burden for already overtaxed principals. These systems neither align to district initiatives nor further district goals.

Aren’t turning around the downward trend despite significant effort and they need an expert outside perspective to see the situation clearly and chart a course for better results.

Need to measure that the rigor of core instruction is consistent from grade to grade (or school to school).

Are tired of implementing the “next thing” or searching for the next “Silver Bullet.”

LSI Rapidly Improves Districts to ...

  • Develop the whole child – socially, emotionally, and academically.
  • Increase the number of students going to post-secondary education and the percent admitted to more prestigious colleges and universities.
  • Develop a competitive edge over nearby districts, private schools, and charter schools.
  • Stop leaving results on the table – good schools could become great schools.
  • Increase teachers’ satisfaction and improve the teaching-learning culture.
  • Close the black male to white male achievement gap.
  • Raise test scores.
  • Rapidly improve school culture and teacher retention with less costly and high-impact solutions.
  • Help principals become effective instructional leaders.
  • Eliminate/reduce inequitable learning outcomes for students of color and lower socio-economic status.
  • Help reluctant learners experience academic safety and thrive with high expectations.
  • Enrich Tier 1 core instruction with greater engagement.
  • Improve teacher satisfaction AND reduce attrition.
  • See a significant decrease in the number of students sent to Tier 2 and 3 interventions while more students successfully leave interventions!
  • Experience a radical improvement in school culture and see at-risk students begin to self-and co-regulate own their behavior.

Our Research

We are, at our core, an applied research center and therefore place a high value on metrics, particularly leading data that demonstrates the effectiveness of our work long before the high stakes test scores arrive. Our solutions are research-based, many at ESSA Levels 2 and 3.

LSI provides a wide range of research-based support and services to schools and districts, from on-site and virtual expert-led professional development to leadership team coaching facilitated by high-achieving former principals, district leaders, and superintendents. We believe equity is achieved when a system assures all students receive highly effective grade-level instruction that builds knowledge and engages students in rigorous standards-based tasks with peers in collaborative interdependent teams. This not only raises test scores, it develops the whole child – socially, emotionally, and academically.

More about the LSI Applied Research Center

Our Technology

LSI has developed easy to use tech tools for the following class/school/district implementation:

Our Professional Development

LSI experts deliver LIVE PD virtually and in-person so teachers and administrators can get the tools they need to build education equity and sustainable success across the school and district.

Our expert faculty models the engagement strategies and recommended tools during our customizable professional development sessions, so participants get to experience firsthand the strategies we want them to use with students.

Our work is fully sustainable. We ensure a transfer of capacity to you and your team for real empowerment to reach your goals.

All of our PD transfers between virtual and brick and mortar at no extra cost.

Our Conferences

Among the many events LSI hosts every year are a pair of national and international education conferences that feature two of the biggest names in education:  Dr. Robert J. Marzano and Dr. Dylan Wiliam.

Our School Improvement

For school improvement or turnaround, don’t go it alone because the amount of necessary coaching at the leadership and classroom levels begs for a side-by-side, experienced and trusted partner like LSI. Our experts do NOT evaluate, instead they truly are there supporting your PLCs and classrooms by showing you how to take each step.

We partner with schools across the country to improve performance, whether in closing achievement gaps, improving results for subgroups, implementing robust evaluation systems, or developing leadership capacities at all levels. Our results speak for themselves.

We partner with you, jumping right in and working side-by-side with principals, coaches, and teachers to model and provide in-the-moment feedback that is vital to improving outcomes.

This work matters to us. Our highly acclaimed, experienced educators share the same tireless devotion to making sure students receive the educational experiences needed to break the cycle of generational poverty and underachievement.

Our Evaluations

Marzano Focused Teacher and Leader evaluations from LSI cut the evaluation time in half. We offer research-based evaluations that are focused on pedagogy with the idea of integrating teacher and leader evals that exceed district and state initiatives.

Our work with you is real-time, proactive, and practical. The strategies can be applied immediately to your everyday work and provide both short-cycle success and long-term, sustained improvement.

We will always tell you the truth and share in the accountability for the success of your implementation.

Our Books

The LSI Bookstore offers bestselling books from award-winning authors designed to improve the K-12 educational experience. From laminated quick start guides for teachers to use in their class to paperback books for leaders to use in their day-to-day decision making, LSI often offers specials, so check back often as we continue to publish new titles.

Our Resources

LSI provides FREE resources such as white papers, webinars, case studies, videos, and study guides on the following topics:

  • Access
  • Assessment
  • Classroom Management
  • Essentials
  • Equity
  • Evaluations
  • Formative Assessment
  • Instruction
  • Research
  • SEL
  • Student Engagement
  • … and More

Our Team

Our faculty consists of experienced, award-winning educators with master’s and doctoral degrees in education who have sat in your seats as former highly effective teachers, principals, and leaders. Our education experts will use research-based strategies to meet you where you are and help guide you to where you want to go. LSI CUSTOMIZES complete systems work from start to finish based on your school or district’s needs – not one-size-fits-all, quick-fix solutions that don’t address root causes.

LSI also has joined forces with many intellectual partners in education to foster new ways of thinking and doing. Our distinguished research partners include Dr. Robert J. Marzano; CASEL – The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning – to provide and validate their schoolwide SEL measure; Dr. Dylan Wiliam; and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Ecological Approaches to Social Emotional Learning (EASEL) Laboratory.

Our History

Helping Others: Our Greatest Success

LSI was founded in 2002 by Michael D. Toth with the goal of measuring the impact of professional development on teacher practice. Since then, we have partnered with state departments of education, the Wallace Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to implement lasting reforms in teaching, learning, and instructional leadership