Barbara Shreve

Managing Director and Senior Associate, Networked Improvement Science

Barbara Shreve
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Barbara Shreve serves as managing director of the Networked Improvement Science team at the Carnegie Foundation. In this role, she leads strategy to advance access to and use of improvement science to address equity challenges in education and enable system transformation. As a senior associate she also supports leaders and educators to build capacity to apply improvement methods to problems in their local contexts. Since joining the Foundation in 2017, Barbara has coached improvement network leaders, including through a long-term partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools, and served as director of professional education offerings. She came to Carnegie from Oakland Unified School District where she was a mathematics coordinator, supporting teacher leadership and professional learning as well as curriculum, instruction, and assessment for secondary mathematics. Prior to working at the district level, Barbara taught high school math for 12 years in public schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

Barbara is passionate about building collaborative communities and empowering educators to transform systems to be more equitable and supportive places for each student to learn. Barbara has contributed to edited volumes focused on improvement science, co-edited Mathematics for Equity: A Framework for Successful Practice, and was a contributing author and editor for a mathematics textbook series. She holds a master’s from Mills College and a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and history from Williams College.

Outside of work, Barbara enjoys cooking with ingredients from her local farmer’s market and serving on the board of Pageturner, a nonprofit committed to building young people’s curiosity and independence through reading.