GMS Partners, Inc. is committed to the single purpose of having a positive and powerful impact on education in America. Our mission is to create a climate centered on a commitment to continuous improvement, not reform. Through a process that is centered in partnering with schools, business, and community organizations we tap and enhance the capabilities of local jurisdictions as they commit to a process of continuous improvement.
Our work is solidly grounded in research and proven practice.
To our clients we offer the highest degree of responsive and skilled service, always focused on high expectation outcomes for students, schools, and communities.
We center our work in five areas that help individuals, schools, districts, and state education agencies meet their vision through aligned and supported resources and strategies.
The five lenses or "bins" of work:
Data Driven Management - GMS is committed to ensuring that decision making is tied to analysis and understanding of meaningful data. Data must be used effectively at the district, school and classroom level to guide reforms, instruction, and student outcomes.
Curriculum and Instruction Focus - Ultimately, what happens in the classroom is the most powerful determinant of student success. GMS interventions in planning and coaching are designed to help district and school level administrators and teachers improve curricula and instructional methods.
Personalized Environments for Teaching and Learning Based - GMS is committed to the idea that successful high schools create personalized, flexible and challenging learning environments that meet the needs of all students, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, socio-economic status, or educational need. Personalization goes beyond simply creating small structures, it means providing true support for each child. Personalization goes beyond the needs of students. It includes the developing of professional learning communities for educators. Developing professional learning communities that foster a positive climate for teaching and learning is central to work focused on personalizing schools.
Partnership Reliant - Effective partnerships between all members of a school community, including not only district personnel but also students, parents, business and community leaders, unions, post-secondary education and other stakeholders is a key determinant of success. GMS works to create true partnerships and advisory board support for all aspects of teaching and learning.
Climate for Success Oriented - Finally, GMS is focused on building a culture of continuous improvement efforts that create a climate that will sustain teacher and student success. This involves attention to the myriad of interrelated elements that comprise the operation of schools and districts including alignment of policies and resources and creating effective professional development plans.