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  • September 3, 2015

    Lessons from Paper Airplanes

    By Melrose Huang

    Working to reliably land paper airplanes, educators, researchers, and other workshop participants experienced how improvement science offers a different way to solve problems and collect data.

  • August 18, 2015

    Why a NIC?

    By Paul LeMahieu

    Organizing in networks is not a new idea. But the joining together of improvement science and networks affords great promise for accelerating educators’ efforts to improve our nation’s schools. Learn more about networked improvement communities.

  • August 4, 2015

    It’s Complex

    By Louis Gomez

    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 28, 2015

    How to Boost Student Motivation

    By Sarah McKay

    To reach increasingly high academic demands, we must better support student engagement. In “Motivation Matters," writers Susan Headden and Sarah McKay define key terms, discuss research findings, and explain promising approaches to boosting student motivation.

  • July 21, 2015

    Improvement Discipline in Practice

    By Alicia Grunow

    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 2, 2015

    How High Tech High Is Using Improvement Science

    By Lillian Kivel

    In a recent article, High Tech High faculty and administrators highlight how they used the tools and mindsets of improvement science to increase the number of African American and Latino male students who directly attend 4-year institutions.

  • May 18, 2015

    The Problem with Solutions

    By Lillian Kivel

    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

    Marshall Ganz on the Power of Social Movements

    By Corey Donahue

    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

    Avoiding the Trap of the “Iron Law”

    By Corey Donahue

    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.

  • March 13, 2015

    CarnegieHub – Behind the Design

    By Joanna Huang

    A look into how Carnegie is using design-based development to support our Networked Improvement Communities and the key design principles to help make the sites successful and useful for the users.