The Instructional Partnership Initiative (IPI) is an approach to teacher learning and collaboration that has improved Tennessee teachers’ evaluation scores, teacher views of the evaluation system, and student test scores. IPI offers a unique approach to high-quality professional development by way of personalized professional learning, built-in flexibility, and data-based collaboration. Learn more about IPI on the following pages:

IPI for Principals
IPI for Teachers
Optional IPI Resources
IPI in the News
Frequently Asked Questions

Click here for a set of vignettes that highlight best practices for implementing IPI (shared at the LEAD conference in October 2017). Read about the positive effects of IPI here: IPI Positive Effects. With questions, reach out to Machel.Mills@tn.gov.

2017-18 IPI Timeline

June-July 2017Principals gain access to Single Sign on
Early July 2017Algorithm run to suggest matches based on indicator-level evaluation data and 2016-17 rosters
Mid-late July 2017Principals receive suggested matches through Single Sign On
Late July-Early August 2017Principals with low to medium teacher turnover begin pairing teachers
Late August 20172017-18 teacher rosters finalized
Early September 2017Algorithm re-run to suggest matches based on indicator-level evaluation data and 2017-18 rosters
Fall 2017Principals introduce teachers to their partnerships
School Year 2017-18Teachers set an agenda of practices to work on together and work toward improving those practices. They can log time spent working on improvement together during in-service days, before or after school, or during lunch.

Watch and listen to teachers and administration share, first hand, the successes of IPI and the impact that IPI can have on the collaborative culture of a school.