Summit on Improvement in Education

2017 marks the fourth annual Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education. This three-day event draws more than a thousand of the best minds on the vanguard of improving education by applying innovative approaches to research and development carried out in networks to address real problems of practice.

Make connections and join the largest — and growing — community of educators, researchers, innovators, and policymakers dedicated to challenging the status quo and changing how the education field learns to improve.


March 27-29, 2017


San Francisco Marriott Marquis


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Meeting The Global Demand For Higher Learning

Global economic competition continues to rise, driving the demand for higher levels of knowledge, superior workforce and technological skills, and more engaged citizens.

The Summit will showcase the best models for enacting education reform based on proven methods of the improvement sciences — valuing inquiry and evidence instead of intuition and anecdotes.



Immerse, Discover, Collaborate

summit-connectionsSummit participants come from all sectors of education from kindergarten to higher education, practitioners to policymakers, and funders to researchers. Check out the list of organizations that sent representatives to the 2016 Summit.

Learn from their successes and missteps. Acquire and test drive the principles, skills and tools of improvement science. Start forging partnerships or team up with existing networks of innovators in your region that are committed to closing the achievement gap for the increasing number of disadvantaged and underserved students.



Come Early For Hands-on Learning

hands-onNo need to wait for the official keynote kickoff. Arrive early to delve into one of seven day-long, pre-conference courses. Explore the basics of improvement science, learn the how-to’s of organizing Networked Improvement Communities, dig into how data is used to measure and contribute to improvement, explore concrete applications of design thinking in schools, develop strategies for achieving large-scale social change, and learn the characteristics of effective leadership for improving entire education systems.



Creating an Education System That Promotes Social Justice

promoting equityWhen it comes to educating young people, there’s a lot that our field knows about what can work. But we still struggle to effectively put those practices in place to improve teaching and learning for all students, regardless of where they live, the color of their skin, their family income, or their ethnic background.

Carnegie’s 2017 Summit will showcase schools, districts, and organizations using improvement science to make educational equity a reality. Join us to connect with these and other change makers working to provide exceptional outcomes for all students.

Dazzling Scenery, Abundant Activities, Exquisite Food

Spend quality time in the City by the Bay. The Summit is centrally located within walking distance of Union Square, Yerba Buena Gardens, and Chinatown. A walk-and-a-half takes you to the remodeled Ferry Building — a must for foodies. Hike up a street, or better yet, hang off the side of a cable car to the top of a hill and take in an expansive view of the Pacific Ocean as it flows under the Golden Gate Bridge.



2016 Carnegie Summit in Review


The third Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education was held March 22-24, 2016. Read the blog series from the 2016 Summit, review the #CarnegieSummit social recap on Storify, see the video and photo highlights, read the list of organizations that sent representatives to the 2016 Summit.

For more information about the program and sessions, download the 2016 Summit program.