Failing to Improve: Lessons Learned from a Decade of Doing

75-min | In-Person
Focus Areas: Data and Measurement; Improvement Capability; Instruction and Assessment; Spread and Scale

As a field of education, we tend to only talk about the success of our work. We tout our accomplishments, improvements in outcomes, and new systems that are producing better results. The failures are quietly dismissed, swept to the side, and many times forgotten. The persistent struggle to learn and failed attempts to improve are not celebrated or even shared. This session will illuminate the failures and what was learned when trying to make change in complex systems. We will explore improvements and the stumbles that contribute to successful work, and provide practical lessons learned as you tackle your own improvement aims.


Jarrod Bolte, CEO, Improving Education
Maura Kennedy, Director, All Children Ready, Improving Education
Kayon DePina, Coordinator, All Children Ready, Improving Education
Shana Barnes, Coordinator, All Children Ready, Improving Education


March 24–27, 2024


Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina