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School Improvement: Built on a Foundation of “Knowing What Works”

Tuesday, October 17, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

School Improvement: Built on a Foundation of “Knowing What Works”

Presented by Penny Ciaburri, Vice President and General Manager, PLC Associates, a Scholarus Learning Company; Dr. Lisa Adams, Deputy Superintendent of Academics and School Leadership, Temple Independent School District (TX); Brian Pulvino, Superintendent, Fulton City School District (NY); and Michael Imburgia, State Project Director for K-12 District/School Continuous Improvement, Lancaster-Lebanon Intermediate Unit 13

Sponsored by Education Elements, a Scholarus Learning Company

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Effective school improvement creates a shared sense of enthusiasm and efficacy toward common goals and has life-changing impacts on students. Yet, too often, we find ourselves trapped inside the belief that we are working on school improvement when very little has changed year over year.

View this edLeader Panel or listen to the podcast to learn from our exceptional panel of district and state leaders who discussed their journeys with effective school improvement. They also discussed proven school improvement frameworks, and explored the need for strong instructional support, coaching, and leadership to make effective school improvement a reality.

This recorded edLeader Panel is of interest to K-12 teachers and school and district leaders and is part of the Leading by Design: 6 Initiatives You Can’t Afford to Get Wrong district leadership series where you learn from leaders who are pulling together the elements of successful schooling.

Penny Ciaburri

About the Presenters

After working in both schools and businesses, Penny Ciaburri observed the differences between successful organizations and those that struggled with a lack of results. Leveraging that knowledge and experience, she founded the K-12 consulting firm PLC Associates, Inc. in 1988. Since then, PLC Associates has worked with over 2,000 school districts across 25 states and achieved a client retention rate of over 99%. In 2022, PLC Associates joined the Scholarus Learning portfolio of companies, and Penny continues to serve as the CEO of PLC Associates.

Lisa Adams

Dr. Lisa Adams is the Deputy Superintendent of Academics and School Leadership for Temple ISD. Dr. Adams has over 20 years of experience in public education in Temple ISD. Her educational experiences include executive director of secondary education, Hector P. Garcia Elementary principal, secondary instructional coach, Lamar Middle School assistant principal, instructional specialist, and middle school teacher. Dr. Adams received her Bachelor of Arts from Texas A&M University, her master’s in educational administration from Tarleton State University, and her doctorate from Texas A&M University in educational leadership.

Brian Pulvino

Brian Pulvino earned an undergraduate degree at Hobart College, a Master of Education and Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies at Boston College (school psychology), and a Certificate of Advanced Educational Studies at Syracuse University (educational administration). Brian worked in the Syracuse City School District for 26 years as a school psychologist, assistant principal, principal (from PreK-12th grade), and director of special education (4,100 students). Over the past seven years to the present, Brian has served as the Superintendent of Schools in the Fulton City School District (3,200 students).

Michael Imburgia

As Pennsylvania’s State Project Director for K-12 District/School Continuous Improvement, Michael Imburgia occupies a vital role in supporting schools in Pennsylvania federally designated as Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI). PA’s Cycle of Continuous Improvement is supported using both Intermediate Units and external partners. With almost two decades of experience, Michael previously worked in the School District of Philadelphia’s Office of Research and Evaluation and was responsible for directly supporting Renaissance schools while working for a charter network. Coupled with his data-management skills, Michael’s experience in school operations and educational leadership provides the ideal background to support schools and districts in planning, monitoring, and delivering on their improvement efforts.

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Education Elements

We believe schools grow when people grow. When you work with us, we’ll start by learning about your school or district’s unique strengths and experiences, gathering insights about your students, staff, and community, and deeply analyzing your habits and practices. Using this initial data, we’ll help you tackle your toughest challenges, follow through on your biggest priorities, and create opportunities for each student to thrive.


Tuesday, October 17, 2023
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
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