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.
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User-centered design is key to developing meaningful change to improve student achievement, and networked improvement communities help ensure and maintain the focus on human needs.
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.
January 15, 2017
The Fierce Urgency of Now: A Reflection on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Call to Action and Educational Equity
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke of the fierce urgency of now as an immediate call to action for social justice. The phrase and meaning behind must be thoroughly and thoughtfully applied to educational equity, writes UCLA education professor Louis Gomez.
January 11, 2017
With the upcoming presidential inauguration and confirmation hearings for the next education secretary, Carnegie Foundation and other scholars are urging the new administration to shift federal education policy to support better school improvement strategies.
January 5, 2017
Failure can be a learning experience, but only under certain conditions. The work must matter, and there has to be a leader who can manage the costs of failure, understands improvement research, and keeps people focused on finding a solution instead of placing blame.
December 21, 2016
There’s ample new evidence of successful interventions to increase high school and college graduation rates to prepare students for today’s jobs. But, in this Memo to the President, Carnegie researchers explain what the federal government has to do to help spread this work.
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.
November 29, 2016
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.
November 14, 2016
Policy can do a lot to support positive changes, but policy alone isn’t effective in such large, diverse, and complex arenas as education, wrote policy analyst Paul Lingenfelter in comments solicited by the federal Commission on Evidence-Based Policymaking.
November 7, 2016
Networked Improvement Communities may hold the key to ending decades of educational inequity that have resisted most other efforts at reform.
October 31, 2016
What will it take to make effective, lasting, and scalable education improvements? It’s not a silver bullet. Policymakers and practitioners must start working together to design solutions based on research and evidence.
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.
June 9, 2016
In a recent SSIR article, Srik Gopal and Lisbeth B. Schorr make the case that an uncritical application of the "Moneyball" ideal is a flawed approach that overlooks "the fundamental realities of how complex social change happens."
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