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Academic Development Institute

Academic Development Institute

Our Story

Located in Lincoln, IL, ADI's office in Lincoln, ILThe Academic Development Institute (ADI) is a non-profit corporation founded in 1984 with the mission of assisting families, schools, and communities with children’s academic and personal development.  ADI focuses on three areas of research and practice: (1) the school as a community, including family engagement; (2) personal competencies that propel student learning; and (3) the dynamics of change (improvement, innovation, transformation) and the science of indicators. In each of these topical realms, ADI takes a systems approach, integrating parts to create highly functioning wholes.  ADI applies its ingenuity to the service of its clients.

ADI works with families, schools, and communities so that all children may become self-directed learners, avid readers, and responsible citizens, respecting themselves and those around them.  ADI's vision is of an American landscape filled with distinct school communities reflecting the hopes and dreams of the people intimately attached to them. To this image of the school as a community, ADI is devoted. When the school functions as a community, its constituents (students, parents, teachers, staff) associate with one another and share common values about the education of children. At the root, members of the school community assume responsibility for one another. Those children become our children, and parents are not external agents, but full partners in the education of their children and of each other's children. Teachers are not isolated practitioners of pedagogy, but professionals integrated into the web of community and buoyed by common purpose.


Allison Layland, Ph.D., Chair

Education Specialist

Florida and the Islands Comprehensive Center at ETS


Loverty Erickson, M.Ed.


Native American Education



Todd E. Johnson, Ph.D


Center for Research & Data Analysis


Susan J. Paik, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Claremont Graduate University

School of Educational Studies


Ryan Baker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Graduate School of Education

University of Pennsylvania


JR Hoyer

Chief Strategy Officer

PLS 3rd Learning



Deb Page


The Institute for Performance Improvement


Bi Vuong

Director, Proving Ground

Center for Education Policy Research

Harvard University

ADI's national involvement

Virgin Islands

We're connected nationally with those who share our vision!

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Our goal is that all students succeed as self-directed learners, avid readers, and responsible citizens, respectful of themselves and others.

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