Our Mission »

to improve the lives of young people in diverse communities by transforming their educational experience

Our Philosophy »

meaningful improvement can be achieved when educators and those who support them are equipped, empowered and expected to change

Our Work »

to strengthen political will, theories of change, and relevant knowledge base of educators, policy makers and investors in education



Motivation and Autonomy: Returning to Our Roots

There’s a great conversation going on over at Justin Baeder’s On Performance blog in Education Week. What started as a blog about curriculum-based assessment has transformed into a thought-provoking discussion about the nature and role of professional autonomy and motivation in teaching. As we’ve been following along, it got us thinking about our own “roots” in research on human motivation and autonomy. So, we thought we would take this opportunity to revisit the ideas that initially inspired the work that we do. 

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IRRE’s Curriculum and Instructional Benchmarking program has changed how our teachers, support staff and students viewed the purpose of curriculum, instruction and assessment.  Our culture shifted from a culture of teacher-centered curriculum compliance to one focused on student-centered learning.  Ownership of the learning was made possible for our students and grading practices became an actual portrayal of mastery of content.

- Carol Anthony, Secondary Turn-Around Director, Van Dyke Public Schools


How do we scale-up high quality educational practices? This basic question has challenged educators, policy makers, and technical assistance providers (like us) for decades. Today, the transition to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) gives this question even more urgency.


In Fall 2015, The Philadelphia Board of City Trust will vote to approve a plan for an innovative small high school serving 120 economically disadvantaged students as part of Girard College, a private 1-12 school serving economically disadvantaged students from the Philadelphia area. IRRE’s Curriculum and Instructional Benchmarking process and Education Quality Rating System are already in place at the school.