The California Institute for School Improvement (CISI) is a
membership organization created to support district and county
instructional leaders. Over 140 school districts and county
offices of education are currently CISI members.
The mission of CISI is to provide local education leaders with
the information on state policy and education research that they
need as they perform their day-to-day work in schools. Education
policy is continually being updated, and these changes affect the
curriculum and instructional work of all schools. CISI serves to
organize the constant flow of information on the critical issues
in education in a concise, unbiased and accurate manner. We seek
to save our members valuable time as we provide the vital
information and materials that they need on a regular
Christina Murdoch is the Director of CISI in the Center for
Applied Policy in the UC Davis School of Education.
CISI connects education leaders to one another, allowing them the
opportunity to reflect on experiences, share ideas with one
another, and work together to improve education at the district
and state level. Our bi-annual workshops aid the growth of
cooperative discussion and work that is viewed as vital in the
process of improving schools.
CISI was created in the late 1970’s by Davis Campbell who at the
time served as the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Campbell served as the organization’s Executive Director until he
left the CDE to become the Executive Director of the California
School Boards Association (CSBA). He continues his affiliation
with CISI by serving on the organization’s advisory board.