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Small Town Roots, Nationwide Impact
Located in Lincoln, IL, The Academic Development Institute (ADI) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1984 with the mission of assisting families, schools, and communities with children’s academic and personal development. ADI focuses on three areas of research and practice:
The dynamics of change (improvement, innovation, transformation) and the science of indicators
Personal Competencies that propel student learning
The school as a community, including family engagement
In each of these topical realms, ADI takes a systems approach, integrating parts to create highly functioning wholes. ADI applies its ingenuity to the service of its clients.
ADI's vision is of an American landscape filled with distinct school communities reflecting the hopes and dreams of the people intimately attached to them. To this image of the school as a community, ADI is devoted. When the school functions as a community, its constituents (students, parents, teachers, staff) associate with one another and share common values about the education of children.
A Shared Vision
A Success Cycle
At the root, members of the school community assume responsibility for one another. Those children become our children, and parents are not external agents, but full partners in the education of their children and of each other's children. Teachers are not isolated practitioners of pedagogy, but professionals integrated into the web of community and buoyed by common purpose.
Allison Layland, Ph.D., Chair
Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center at ETS
Loverty Erickson, M.Ed.
Native American Education
Todd E. Johnson, Ph.D
Center for Research & Data Analysis
Ryan Baker, Ph.D.
Graduate School of Education
University of Pennsylvania
Chief Strategy Officer
PLS 3rd Learning
The Institute for Performance Improvement
Susan J. Paik, Ph.D.
Claremont Graduate University
School of Educational Studies
Director, Proving Ground
Center for Education Policy Research