The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field’s capacity to improve.
We hone in on “high leverage problems” – those that affect large numbers of students.
Recognizing the grave consequences for both individual opportunity and the nation’s social and economic well being, Carnegie has engaged networks of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts in the creation of two new pathways, one in statistics and the other in quantitative reasoning.
We test innovations on the ground. Once we understand what works and why and in what contexts, we communicate that information to enable others to make change happen in classrooms.
Networked improvement communities (NICs) are scientific learning communities distinguished by four essential characteristics. They are:
- focused on a well specified common aim;
- guided by a deep understanding of the problem and the system that produces it, and a shared theory of how to improve it;
- disciplined by the rigor of improvement research; and
- coordinated to accelerate the development, testing, and refinement of interventions and their rapid diffusion out into the field, as well as their effective integration into varied educational contexts.
These characteristics create conditions under which organizations can learn from their own practices and benefit from innovations from both within and outside of their organization to systematically address high-leverage problems.
With our collaborators, we learn from each other, improve on what we know works and continuously create new knowledge. We take what we learn and make it usable by others.
When we ask for a commitment from our network members to accept a new pedagogy, new tools, a new work process, and a new knowledge collection sharing mechanism, we are cultivating a living system of improvers, innovators, and collaborators.
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