The third brief in a series examining trends in teacher evaluation, this report details findings both from recent research on observer training and from conversations with experts from district officials in five districts.
Category: Thinking about Improvement
September 22, 2015 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.
August 4, 2015
In education, we often talk of confronting complicated problems, when they are truly complex problems. The difference between complicated and complex truly matters in how we works towards our end goals. It is time we approach complex problems as complex.
July 21, 2015
Trying to improve practice is part of most educators practices, but what if we moved from trying to get better to getting better at getting better. Improvement science offers a method and set of tools to systematically build the know-how to reach our goals
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.
May 18, 2015
Improvement science relies on an understanding of the problem before creating solutions. Groups have found three key things helped them gain clarity on the problems and make the knowledge explicit, helping them design solutions with users, data, and will in mind.
May 11, 2015
Senior lecturer Marshall Ganz closing keynote at the 2016 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education focused on a framework for social action. Drawing on his own experience in social movements, Ganz talked of combining the power of the heart, head, and hands.
May 10, 2015
A recent post in the Health Affairs Blog discusses the challenges of scaling interventions, a problem known as the “Iron Law” of evaluation. The piece outlines four reasons why the “Iron Law” occurs and how we can reduce its effect.
April 2, 2015
Angela Duckworth gave a rousing keynote at the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education presenting the value of grit and the ways that grit can be cultivated and developed.
March 25, 2015
During the opening keynote at Carnegie's Summit on Improvement in Education, Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk advocated for a new way of learning to improve.
March 2, 2015
On March 3, Learning to Improve, a new book by Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu, will be released. The book outlines how Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) offer a new model for improving our schools.
February 9, 2015
A growing number of districts have adopted multi-rater evaluation systems, in which multiple observers watch, assess, and respond to teachers’ practice. While multi-rater systems are more complex, every district in this study reported many benefits.
January 30, 2015
Inside the Command Center, a recent piece in the Stanford Social Innovation Review by The Billions Institute co-founders Joe McCannon and Becky Kanis Margiotta 10 behaviors of organizations that move initiatives from theory to action.
October 23, 2014
There seems to be an aversion to the idea of standardization in education. But standardization can allow teachers to have the time and freedom to meet individual needs when those needs vary from the majority.
September 26, 2014
Panelists at Carnegie’s convening, Using Evidence to Advance Teaching: The Promise of Improvement Science in Networks, discuss how to create a political environment to support and not impede the use of improvement science.
September 11, 2014
Carnegie Fellow Jim Stigler highlights how if teachers create recurring and sustained exposure to three key learning opportunities (productive struggle, explicit connections, and deliberate practice), students can become flexible experts.
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