COMPASS Professional Development

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

What is COMPASS?

COMPASS is a professional development program that:

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

COMPASS Institute's multi-step process will help your leadership team:

  • Take the pulse of your school by comparing your practices to those of odds-beating schools serving challenging populations in the state (a school climate survey is provided).
  • Select levers for improvement by examining practices of odds-beating schools through case study analysis.
  • Determine action steps and plan for evidence-guided decision making.

For more detail see: 

  • 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.
  • Kristen Wilcox, Hal Lawson and Janet Angelis, COMPASS-AIM: A university/P-12 partnership innovation for continuous improvement. Peabody Journal of Education, 92(5).

Contact us at 518-442-5171 for further details.
Recent related articles:
"CASDA's Mission in Action: Powerful Partnerships with the University at Albany's School of Education", click here.
"COMPASS in line with New Federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)" an op-ed published in the January 12, 2016 Times Union.