COMPASS Professional Development

A unique professional development opportunity for whole-school improvement - research bridging practice.

different COMPASS Institute opportunities in school year 2017-18 - school leadership teams' first COMPASS and those interested in ELL - as well as teams returning for a second cycle, COMPASS 2.0 Revisited.

First-time school teams as well as those interested in ELL during school year 2017-18 and/or beyond, CLICK here for an overview flyer - different COMPASS Institute opportunities for each - then contact us at 518-442-5171 for further details.

School Leadership Teams considering a second cycle in school year 2017-18? See the COMPASS 2.0 Revisited flyer for an overview here and please contact us at 518-442-5171!

Recent articles: "CASDA's Mission in Action: Powerful Partnerships with the University at Albany's School of Education" by Nancy Andress, an online article in February 2017, click here.

"COMPASS in line with New Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)" an op-ed published in the January 12, 2016 Times Union.

What is COMPASS?

The COMPASS Institute's professional development program meets the following criteria for most New York State schools:

  • Enables faculty to demonstrate professional growth and development within the APPR system, and 
  • Contributes hours toward New York State Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) requirements. 

COMPASS Institute's multi-step process will help your leadership team effectively guide your school toward practices aligned with meeting the Common Core Standards:

  • Take the pulse of your school by comparing your practices to those of odds-beating similar schools serving challenging populations in the state
  • Use COMPASS procedures and tools to assess your priorities for improvement
  • Select levers for improvement by examining online practices of odds-beating schools
  • Set SMART Goals (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results Oriented/Relevant/ Rigorous, and Time Bound) and develop an action plan for meeting them
  • Set action steps and plan for follow-up meetings and assistance through coaching.

NYKids' paper presented at the National Center on Scaling Up Effective Schools Conference in Nashville, TN: Developing Capacities for Evidence-Guided Continuous Improvement: A University/P-12 Network Project (Wilcox, Angelis, & Lawson, 2015).
See our conference presentation, starting at 1:13:00: Wilcox & Angelis, NCSU presentation.