The Carnegie Foundation is a founding member of The GRAD Partnership, a collective effort made by nine organizations partnering with communities to use high-quality student success systems so that schools are empowered to graduate all students ready for the future. The GRAD Partnership is focused on student success systems as…
Kelly McMahon is senior associate of the Evidence and Improvement Lab team at the Carnegie Foundation. Committed to the relentless pursuit of educational justice and broadening access to rigorous, empowering education for all students, Kelly is a skilled facilitator, coach, and researcher of networked improvement. She leads and contributes to projects that are growing the field of educational improvers and building improvement infrastructures to make progress on national challenges. Kelly is drawn to working with creative, curious, collaborative, and tenacious individuals and organizations.
Prior to joining Carnegie, Kelly served as a district policy researcher at Northwestern University and teacher-educator focusing on educational foundations at the University of Michigan. Her work has been presented at professional conferences and published in academic journals, research briefs, and blogs.
Kelly earned a doctorate (Ph.D.) in educational administration and policy from the University of Michigan. She began her career teaching high school English at Stuyvesant High School in New York City.
June 24, 2022
Partnering to Scale Instructional Improvement: A Framework for Organizing Research-Practice Partnerships
This paper offers a four-part framework and a reflective tool for use by RPPs working to improve instruction at scale. The interactions among the components provide for learning that, in turn, can influence whether a partnership is up to achieving equitable instructional reform at scale.
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.
August 7, 2023
Dan Carragher, principal of Jack Swigert Aerospace Academy in Colorado Springs, has a very simple leadership philosophy: “Do what’s best for students.” But, as he described to a full audience of educational improvers, doing what is best for students requires knowing how students are doing day-to-day. Relying on the traditional…
July 12, 2022
This series of three papers presents a set of frameworks designed to assist educational leaders in making concrete improvements that advance deeper learning instruction at scale. They were produced by three study teams convened by the Carnegie Foundation and made up of members of research-practice partnerships and external experts with…