Transforming Educational Systems to Continuously Improve


Transforming Educational Systems to Continuously Improve is a 12-week course designed for systems-level educational leaders and those who advise them. This course deepens participants’ understanding of the three domains of leadership for system transformation described in the publication Transforming Educational Systems Toward Continuous Improvement: A Reflection Guide for K–12 Leaders (Key Dispositions, Core Practices, and System Levers) and provides opportunities for participants to apply them to their own development and system.

Save the date! The Winter cohort of Transforming Educational Systems to Continuously Improve will take place January 17–March 31, 2023. Registration will open in early December. Check back here to register and sign up for our mailing list to receive updates.

Learning Objectives

Through this course, participants will:

  • deepen their understanding of each of the three domains of leadership (key dispositions, core practices, and strategic use of system levers) that empower executive leaders to catalyze system-level transformation toward continuous improvement
  • apply their learning to their own development as a leader of transformation and the advancement of system-level continuous improvement

Intended Audience

This course is intended to serve educational leaders who are spearheading the transformation of their system to serve all students equitably and to build an organization that is capable of sustaining continuous improvement. While this offering is primarily intended for PK-12 superintendents and chief executive officers of charter organizations and their leadership teams, it is also designed to support those who are engaged in work to prepare or advise system-level leaders. A foundational knowledge of improvement science and systems thinking is recommended to ensure an optimal learning experience for participants.

Course Details

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Course Structure

  • Four live interactive seminars that include guest speakers and small group discussions
  • Four online learning modules that incorporate independent reflections, assignments, and online discussions
  • Individual or team-based coaching sessions led by Carnegie facilitators to support participants in applying course concepts and tools to their own context
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Team Structure

While this offering is primarily intended for executive leaders and their teams, it is also designed for individual leaders as well as higher education faculty or executive coaches who advise system-level leaders.

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Time Required

Prior to the first seminar, participants should expect to spend about two hours completing short pre-work activities. The course includes four two-hour live seminars, and participants should anticipate spending about two hours between each seminar completing online learning modules. Participants are also invited to attend up to two coaching sessions, which last approximately 45 minutes each.


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