Five-year studies show that Carnegie’s network approach to improving developmental math increased both student success in college-level math and transfer rates from 2-year to 4-year colleges compared to students in traditional remedial math, even as enrollment quadrupled.
Social relationships are key to the potential of networked improvement communities to accelerate and sharpen education change using the improvement science approach. Veterans of the process explain how they keep strengthening those connections while expanding their networks.
A networked improvement community in Tennessee that’s applying improvement science to address literacy rates finds that journey mapping helps to see the system more clearly, to build empathy for students affected by the problems, and to focus their improvement work.
The idea of forming collective action networks is growing among educators as they realize that today’s complex problems can’t be solved by one person alone. But there’s more than one type of community and which is best depends on the type of problem to be solved.
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.
The fifth post in our series on the initiation networked improvement community explores what lessons can be taken from other similar efforts outside of the education industry, primarily pop up businesses.
By W. Gary Martin, Auburn University, and Howard Gobstein, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities
This third post of our series on networked improvement community (NIC) initiation focuses on how to organize and lead a NIC to maximize individual engagement, while ensuring individual work is related to the shared aim.
Under Chancellor Nancy Zimpher the State University of New York is aiming to educate more people and educate them better. To reach this goal they are using improvement science to generate system-wide change.