2019 Summit Program

The Summit general conference includes over fifty sessions from four strand themes as well as a series of sponsor-hosted sessions, facilitated lunch roundtable conversations, and poster sessions.

Strand: Methods of Improvement Science and Networks

This strand focuses on building attendees’ capacity to practice improvement science and lead networked improvement communities (NICs). Most sessions are taught as “learning-by-doing” experiences intended to equip participants with practical techniques and tools to bring back to their organizations.

Strand: Improvement Science in Practice

This strand highlights the real-world applications of improvement science. Participants will hear from groundbreaking practitioners and organizations that are using improvement science to translate learning into improved practice and to systematically spread improvements reliably at scale.

Strand: Networks in Practice

Networks are an increasingly popular strategy for organizing collective improvement work and accelerating our ability to learn. This strand illustrates what it takes to bring a network to life and support it in reaching its improvement goals. Presenters will share their experiences with key aspects of initiating and developing networks, including engaging stakeholders, creating network charters, and sustaining improvement.

Strand: Leadership for Improvement

Transformational leaders bring about needed change; they are driven to break through the status quo to achieve new levels of performance. Leading improvement requires shifting norms and habits that are often deeply ingrained in the culture of educational organizations. In these sessions, leaders who have taken on this daunting challenge will share how and why they led these efforts and what lessons they have learned along the way.

Sponsor-Hosted Sessions

Our sponsors understand that the Summit is more than a conference. It’s an opportunity to enhance professional knowledge, hear the latest thinking, network, gain direction, stimulate dialogue, and design and share best practices. It’s an opportunity to catalyze positive, sustainable change. We are grateful to our supporter and leader sponsors for sharing their commitment, their stories, and their work to achieve the change that our students need and deserve. The sponsor-hosted sessions are proof of the power of our Summit network.

Lunch Roundtable Conversations

These facilitated lunch roundtable conversations are an opportunity to share your experience and challenges and hear from others. Plan to come early as space is limited!

Poster Sessions

Explore posters representing a range of improvement efforts taking place across the world that are significantly contributing to our growing improvement community. View them in the poster gallery at your convenience or attend the scheduled poster sessions when presenters will be at their posters to discuss their work and answer your questions.

Breakout Sessions

Summit is getting a spruce when it comes to session design. We challenged presenters to make their sessions as engaging and interactive as possible, so look forward to learning in a variety of ways. With an additional set of breakout sessions, you will have even more opportunities to learn about what improvement looks like in action.

Deeper Dives

Summit 2019 offers more opportunities than ever to really get into the details of what presenting organizations have done to improve student outcomes. As you examine the nuances of specific elements of improvement work, you will be able to have detailed conversations that accelerate your own learning.

Tangible Takeaways

Summit attendees are deeply engaged in their improvement work, and want to learn more about concrete tools and strategies they can bring home with them. The 2019 Summit program is our most actionable program yet, with breakout session presenters eager to share their improvement stories and help you further along yours.


April 16–18, 2019


San Francisco Marriott Marquis