Variability is everywhere in education. Everything from a school’s location to the textbooks it uses impact student learning. The Six Sigma approach to improvement emphasizes data analysis to reduce variance and inefficiency in school processes to help all students succeed.
Category: Improvement in Action
April 25, 2017 April 20, 2017
Everyone has a stake and a say in the Lean approach to improving educational achievement. The school improvement model evolved from Toyota’s philosophy of building a culture in which all employees were empowered and expected to be part of providing the best possible product.
March 15, 2017
The implementation science approach to improvement in education centers on how to accommodate local school variables and other contextual factors that can impede successful implementation of change ideas, by creating teams that include external facilitators and specialists.
March 9, 2017
A school performance framework in California’s Oakland Unified School District gives schools a multi-faceted and detailed look at where they need to improve based on more than a dozen measures of both academic achievement and the culture and climate of the school.
March 8, 2017
A broad collaboration of stakeholders, from teachers and administrators to researchers and designers, is a key element of design-based implementation research, a school change approach illustrated by an effort to improve genetics instruction from kindergarten to high school.
February 3, 2017
Continuous improvement is gaining adherents in education for its evidence-based and structured methodology to creating lasting, effective changes to improve student achievement. Two Wisconsin superintendents share lessons learned as pioneers of the improvement process.
January 26, 2017
Engaging students in learning through ambitious instruction is a chief focus of educational reform and policy in the US and around the world. The University of Michigan and the Carnegie Foundation created MOOCs to support teams of educational leaders in pursuit of this goal.
December 16, 2016
A new president, a new secretary of education, and a new version of ESSA are creating a confluence of unknowns about the future federal role in education policy. Carnegie Foundation scholars propose their recommendations as part of a series of Memos to the President.
December 8, 2016
Teachers at High Tech High, a network of charter schools in San Diego County, say using improvement science has cultivated collaboration; set guidelines for clear, measureable goals; fostered innovative ideas; and encouraged more teachers to start improvement networks.
June 27, 2016
In a session on leading the transformation of large complex systems at the 2016 Carnegie Summit, three superintendents discuss how they shaped improvement in their school districts by adopting strategies that resonate with three of the principles of improvement science.
May 25, 2016
Building Improvement Knowledge and Supporting Change in the Field: Reflections from the Overdeck Family Foundation and Its Grantees
Grantees of the Overdeck Family Foundation, sent to the 2016 Improvement Summit to gain perspective on a networked improvement approach, reflect on their experience at the event and share major takeaways for their ongoing work.
April 13, 2016
What “Living Improvement” Really Looks Like: Confronting Uncertainty and Maintaining a Paradoxical Mindset
At the 2016 Carnegie Summit, Anthony S. Bryk gave a glimpse of what it looks like to struggle towards a common understanding of a problem and develop a working theory of improvement.
February 16, 2016
In “Quality and Equality in American Education: Systemic Problems, Systemic Solutions,” Jennifer O’Day and Carnegie Senior Fellow Marshall (Mike) Smith explore how the field might understand and address the underlying systems that result in disparate educational outcomes.
December 21, 2015
All students can learn and succeed in math. Professor Jo Boaler presents how schools and teachers promote growth mindsets in math through certain tasks and teaching methods.
November 23, 2015
In a recent article, Carnegie Corporation of New York's Kathryn Baron outlined the development, success, and future of the Community College Pathways. Drawing on student and faculty experiences, the article highlights supporting students' mindsets.
November 3, 2015
Drawing on the experience of the Building a Teacher Effectiveness Network, a new report examines how when engaging an entire process that is disciplined by improvement science great gains can be achieved and know-how created.