Improvement in Action, Anthony S. Bryk’s sequel to Learning to Improve, illustrates how educators have effectively applied the six core principles of continuous improvement in practice. The book highlights relevant examples of rigorous, high-quality improvement work in districts, schools, and professional development networks across the country. The organizations featured in the…
Anthony S. Bryk served as the ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching from 2008 through 2020, where he led the efforts to transform educational research and development, more closely joining researchers and practitioners to improve teaching and learning. Formerly, he held the Spencer Chair in Organizational Studies in the School of Education and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University from 2004 until assuming Carnegie's presidency in September 2008.
He came to Stanford from the University of Chicago where he was the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education in the sociology department, and where he helped found the Center for Urban School Improvement, which supports reform efforts in the Chicago Public Schools. He also created the Consortium on Chicago School Research, a federation of research groups that have produced a range of studies to advance and assess urban school reform.
He is a member of the National Academy of Education and was appointed by President Obama to the National Board for Education Sciences in 2010. In 2011, he was elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of America's most noted educational researchers. His 1993 book, Catholic Schools and the Common Good, is a classic in the sociology of education. His deep interest in bringing scholarship to bear on improving schooling is reflected in his later volumes, Trust in Schools (2002) and Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (2010). In his most recent work, Learning to Improve (2015), Bryk argues improvement science combined with the power of networks offers the field a new approach to reach ever increasing educational aspirations. Bryk holds a B.S. from Boston College and an Ed.D. from Harvard University.
Publications by Anthony S. Bryk
July 8, 2020 February 19, 2020
The Evidence for Improvement approach described in this paper is designed to enhance a network’s internal learning processes and, in turn, lead to more positive impacts for educators and students. It has implications for improvement practitioners, evaluators, and funders.
June 19, 2018
In his keynote at the 2018 Carnegie Summit, Carnegie Foundation President Anthony S. Bryk reflects on seven diverse examples of quality improvement work in action, and presents four key lessons illuminated by these efforts.
April 21, 2017
Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk discussed the promise of networked improvement communities to address educational inequities in his keynote, "Redressing Inequities: An Aspiration in Search of a Method," at the 2017 Summit on Improvement in Education.
March 29, 2016
Assessing the First Two Years’ Effectiveness of Statway: A Multilevel Model with Propensity Score Matching
This study was aimed to assess the effectiveness of Statway during its first two years of implementation by means of a multilevel model with propensity score matching to control for possible selection bias and increase the validity of causal inference.
December 22, 2015
Based on his 2014 distinguished lecture at AERA, Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk outlines his vision for a new “improvement paradigm” that will help our schools get better at getting better in Educational Researcher.
February 27, 2015
Using ideas borrowed from improvement science, Learning to Improve presents a process of disciplined inquiry that can be combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt, and successfully scale up promising interventions in education.
December 1, 2013
Practical Measurement presents why improvement science requires a different type of measurement, distinct from accountability or theory development to allow for learning in and through practice.
June 10, 2013
Improvement Research Carried Out Through Networked Communities: Accelerating Learning about Practices that Support More Productive Student Mindsets
A white paper prepared for the White House meeting on "Excellence in Education: The Importance of Academic Mindsets" focused on ensuring the ideas presented at the meeting could achieve effectiveness with reliability at scale.
July 1, 2011
This essay proposes science of improvement research and the idea of a networked improvement community as an alternative R&D method to create the purposeful collective action needed to solve complex educational problems currently faced.
April 18, 2010
In 1988, the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways.
October 27, 2007
This paper, by Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk and Louis Gomez of the Northwestern University School of Education, was drawn from a presentation given by Bryk at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research on Oct. 25, 2007.
Blog Posts by Anthony S. Bryk
April 6, 2016
Networked Improvement Communities Accelerate Collective Efforts for Solving Educational Problems: A Teachable Moment
Carnegie Foundation President Anthony Bryk recounts his experience of facilitating a workshop activity that enabled participants to accelerate their collective problem-solving and helped them see the power of attacking a common problem as a structured network.
March 31, 2016
When we look for “bright spots,” we tend to see the tools or practices that we believe contribute to the positive results in certain classrooms, schools, or districts. In this way, we identify the what of improvement; but are we overlooking how these changes came to be?
March 17, 2016
Studies on the effects of educational programs often focus on “fidelity of implementation.” But this approach often fails to consider the complexity both of the programs themselves and of the demands they place on the contexts in which they are carried out.
August 10, 2015
In response to Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk's post on expanding the conversation about learning to improve, we received numerous responses. President Bryk replies to two of them in this post.
July 7, 2015
Since 2008, Carnegie has been working to find a better way of learning how to improve. We have learned a great deal by doing, including that this work is a continuous improvement task. We invite you to join in on this ongoing process.
June 11, 2013
White paper, Improvement Research Carried Out Through Networked Communities: Accelerating Learning about Practices that Support More Productive Student Mindsets, explores improvement science as a way to address problems facing educators.