SchoolRISE creates sustainable improvement through a coherent research-based process that addresses infrastructure, instructional practices and achievement.


Mission + Core Values


SchoolRISE consultants are ‘Experts with Heart’ who boost the expertise of teachers and leaders alike. 



Our Team

Our consultants are experienced presenters and teacher educators – professors, curriculum leaders, principals – who know the needs of schools and classroom teachers, as well as current research. With a team of over 40 consultants nationwide, schoolRISE® has served over 150 schools throughout the United States, with ongoing efforts in Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and New York.

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We have partnered with more than 150 schools, districts, museums, libraries, and other community and non-profit organizations and businesses with proven results. 



Our Partners



Valley of the Sun United Way's Summer Learning Collaborative


Alvah A. Scott Elementary School

August Ahrens Elementary School

Barbers Point Elementary School

Chiefess Kapi'olani Elementary School

Gustave H. Webling Elementary School

Haha'ione Elementary School

Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School

Hale Kula Elementary School

Helemano Elementary School

Horace Meek Hickam Elementary School

Highlands Intermediate School

Holomua Elementary School

Honowai Elementary School

Ka Waihona o Ka Na'auao Public Charter School

Kailua Elementary School

Kalei‘opu‘u Elementary School

Kamehameha Schools, Maui Campus

Kamehameha Elementary School, Kapalama Campus

Kamehameha Elementary School, Keaau Campus

Kapolei Elementary School

Kapolei High School

Kapolei Middle School

Ke Kula 'o Samuel M. Kamakau Laboratory Public Charter School

King Kekaulike High School

Kipapa Elementary School

Lehua Elementary School

Ma'ema'e Elementary School

Makakilo Elementary School

Manana Elementary School

Mauka Lani Elementary School

Mililani Uka Elementary School

Niu Valley Middle School

Pearl City High School

Waiakeawaena Elementary School

Waihe'e Elementary School

Waikele Elementary School

Waimalu Elementary School

Waipahu Elementary School

Waipahu Intermediate School

Waipahu High School


Ashburn Lutheran School

Chicago Public School District

Elgin High School

Elsie H. Wilcox Elementary School

George Washington Middle School

Grace Christian Academy

Meadowview Intermediate School

Round Lake School District

Southwood Middle School

St. John's Lutheran School

St. Paul's Lutheran School

Washington Elementary School

Zenon J. Sykuta Elementary School


Edgewood Elementary School

Knapp Elementary School


Baldwin Community Schools

Beaver Island Community School

Holly Area Schools

New York

Andover Central School District

Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School

Franklinville Central School District

Iroquois Central School District

Smallwood Drive Elementary School

Wellsville Central School District

Windermere Boulevard Elementary School



SchoolRISE was established by Kathryn H. Au, PhD and Taffy E. Raphael, PhD, award-winning educators and researchers. 


Our Story

Over long careers of research and practice, and with a clear vision of bringing students of all backgrounds to high levels of achievement, Kathy Au and Taffy Raphael developed a step-by-step approach to school improvement called the schoolRISE® Seven Levels to Success (7 Levels).  

The 7 Levels were rigorously tested and improved on in over 150 schools with positive results in not only student achievement, but also school culture and climate, classroom practices, and student engagement. This work led to related efforts in community engagement and program evaluation.