Established in 1999, the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI) is a program designed to improve student learning and performance by fostering initiatives that reflect the unique needs and circumstances of individual school authorities. From the onset, AISI has been a collaborative effort involving the following education partners:
- Alberta Home and School Councils' Association (AHSCA)
- Alberta Education
- Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA)
- Association of School Business Officials of Alberta (ASBOA)
- Alberta Teachers' Association (ATA)
- College of Alberta School Superintendents (CASS)
- University Faculties of Education (University of Alberta, University of Calgary, University of Lethbridge, Campus Saint-Jean)
To date, there have been four cycles of AISI funding. More than $500 million has been invested in this initiative to continuously improve student learning in Alberta. After three successful three-year cycles of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (2000-2009), AISI is now in its fourth cycle, 2009-2012. The work of school improvement focuses on improving student learning through fostering enhanced strategies at the school, district, and government levels. Essential elements to promote school improvement include leadership, instructional practice, school climate, assessment and accountability, building capacity through professional development, student and parent engagement, and the integration of effective practices.
Each cycle of AISI funding has resulted in a wide range of projects designed to improve student learning. The summaries and reports of over a decade of site-based research projects are on the AISI website at AISI Clearing House .