The California Institute for School Improvement (CISI) provides education leaders at the school and district level with the accurate, unbiased, up-to-date policy and research information impacting the day-to-day work of schools. CISI supports superintendents, principals, and curriculum and instructional leaders through monthly policy and research resource digests, annual workshops, and more. Currently, CISI services many school districts and county offices across California.
To paraphrase Dostoevsky, the quality of a society should be measured by the quality of its schools, particularly the quality of its schools educating the most disadvantaged children.
Thomas Timar’s areas of expertise include education finance, policy, and governance. In addition to his faculty responsibilities, he is also director of the UC Davis Center for Applied Policy in Education (CAP-Ed) and a member of the steering committee for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE).