Carnegie Commons Blog

Topic: Networked Improvement Communities

  • February 17, 2016

    Building a Culture of Improvement in the Context of External Accountability

    By Joe Doctor and Emma Parkerson, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

    In the fourth post in our series on initiating networked improvement communities, we explore how the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards focused on building a culture of improvement.

  • February 4, 2016

    Organizing a Network for Collective Action

    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.

  • January 21, 2016

    Building and Supporting Improvers

    By Jennifer Russell, Maggie Hannan

    This second post in our series about networked improvement community initiation focused on how to build capacity of network members to use improvement science to learn from practice.

  • December 22, 2015

    Accelerating How We Learn to Improve

    By Lillian Kivel

    Based on his 2014 distinguished lecture at AERA, Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk outlines his vision for a new “improvement paradigm” that will help our schools get better at getting better in Educational Researcher.

  • 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 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

  • June 15, 2015

    Using the Wisdom of Educators

    By Gary Otake

    Recently, The Education Trust Writer-in-residence Karin Chenoweth wrote a review of Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better in The Huffington Post. Chenoweth notes the inability of education to learn from the collective knowledge and experience of educators. Drawing on the main ideas of the…

  • 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.