Carnegie Commons Blog

Topic: Learning

  • April 20, 2017

    Quality Improvement Approaches: Lean for Education

    By Sarah McKay

    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

    Quality Improvement Approaches: Implementation Science

    By Sarah McKay

    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 8, 2017

    Quality Improvement Approaches: Design-Based Implementation Research

    By Sarah McKay

    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.

  • January 5, 2017

    Acceptable Failure

    By Paul LeMahieu and Donald J. Peurach

    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.