Request for Summit Presentation Proposals

summit speakerBeginning with the inaugural Summit three years ago, Carnegie has sought to develop a convening context for an emerging community of educational improvers. The program is intended as a vehicle for showcasing the best of our field’s efforts and supporting all who attend in their journey to improve. Toward this end, we invite proposals to present at the 2017 Summit (March 27-29, 2017) that relate to one of the following Summit strands.

The deadline to submit proposals was August 1, 2016.

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Date

March 27-29, 2017

Location

San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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Summit Strands

I. Applications of Improvement Science in Education

As a field, we undervalue learning to improve in ways that are systematic and organized. We have in the past lacked a methodology to structure and guide this approach to improvement. This strand introduces participants to groundbreaking organizations that are achieving better educational outcomes through the use of improvement science methodologies, effectively turning knowledge into practice and systematically spreading that knowledge so that practice improves reliably at scale.

For this strand we are specifically seeking proposals that:

  • Tell a story about a significant improvement (such as increased graduation rates) that positively impacted the lives of students and/or teachers through the use of improvement science and include measureable results.
  • Describe how one or more of the core improvement principles has been essential to the improvement.
      1. Make the work problem-specific and user-centered.
      2. Variation in performance is the core problem to address.
      3. See the system that produces the current outcomes.
      4. We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure.
      5. Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry.
  • Detail use of an explicit improvement methodology and/or tool(s) to make progress or spread results.
  • Demonstrate the use of data and measurement (quantitative/qualitative) to track progress against a well-specified aim.

II. Improvement Leadership and Culture

The critical work of leadership is to bring about needed change. Transformational leaders are driven to break through the status quo and achieve new levels of performance. Leading improvement requires shifting norms and habits that are deeply engrained in the culture of educational organizations.

For this strand we are seeking proposals that:

  • Tell the story of the effort to use systematic improvement methods to achieve new levels of performance in a school, district, state, region, or country; their specific transformational aim(s); how the improvement principles shaped their pursuit of this transformation; and the results that they achieved.
  • Describe how to attend consciously to the cultural conditions that enable the dispositions toward and active pursuit of continuous quality improvement in educational systems.
  • Describe in detail the strategies to build improvement capability within systems, and how to introduce these ideas and deepen engagement over time. The presentation might also describe how to determine who needs what improvement skills.
  • Demonstrate how the use of measurement and data drive improvement and shift the culture from measurement for accountability to measurement for improvement.
  • Build improvement infrastructure at the federal, state and/or local level to advance improvement science in education.
  • Advocate for a policy environment that is hospitable to the ideas of improvement and networks.

III. Initiating and Sustaining Networks Focused on Improvement

Networks are an increasingly popular strategy for organizing collective improvement work as we look for ways to accelerate our ability to learn and improve educational outcomes for young people. Technological advances have also made this approach more attractive by opening up new ways to connect virtually with one another. This strand seeks to illustrate what it takes to bring a network to life and to support it to reach its improvement goals.

For this strand we are seeking proposals that:

  • Share the story of initiating a networked improvement community. NICs are defined by: focusing on a specific problem, having a common theory of improvement, sharing measures, and applying disciplined methods of improvement.
  • Illuminate the elements of effective narratives of participation. What kinds of storytelling incent voluntary association in a network that aims to solve a specific problem?
  • Describe how to build and sustain a collective energy around a common aim in a network setting.
  • Offer measures and tools that have been used to organize and assess the health of a network.
  • Describe organizational structures, processes, and tools that foster effective collaboration within and across member organizations.
  • Introduce tools and technologies that allow for the spread of promising practices and continued learning about them.
  • Share the story of how the networked approach accelerated the ability to learn and reach improvement goals.

ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS

Proposals will be reviewed by the program committee and selections made in order to provide the most compelling program for our diverse community. Unfortunately, there are a limited number of presentation slots available, and we will unlikely be able to accept all proposals.

Important Dates
August 1, 2016 Proposal Submission Deadline
October 7, 2016 Notification of Acceptance
March 27-29, 2017 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education

SUMMIT LOGISTICS INFORMATION

Summit Registration: Please note that there is a maximum of two presenters per proposal.  Both presenters of accepted proposals will receive the special registration rate of $695.  The regular Summit registration rate is $975.

Travel and Lodging: Presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodations.

Questions: Please contact Kareen Yang, Summit Project Manager, at yang@carnegiefoundation.org.

WHY A SUMMIT ON IMPROVEMENT IN EDUCATION?

summit keynoteWe want our education institutions to motivate, challenge, and engage students with higher levels of knowledge and skills for an increasingly competitive and global economic environment. Educators – practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and community leaders – have been actively pursuing reform, and yet, with dispiriting regularity, promising new reform ideas emerge only to be implemented with very limited, if any, long-term impact.  With each passing year, a chasm grows between our rising aspirations for our educational systems and what schools can routinely accomplish.

Our collective vision is ambitious. Imagine a future in which systematic learning to improve is occurring every day in thousands of settings.  The education field could become an immense networked improvement community.

Carnegie Foundation initiated the Summit on Improvement in Education with a strategy: if educators joined the discipline of improvement science and the capabilities of networks to foster innovation and social learning, then the rate and spread of improvement might accelerate dramatically.

The Summit strives to catalyze and support such a future.  It provides a place to challenge existing norms, learn new practices, concentrate our effort and reinforce our commitments to improve the nation’s schools.

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WHO ARE THE SUMMIT ATTENDEES?

summit-attendeesThe Summit is a gathering of the best minds in education, improvement, and innovation: school district leaders, principals, teachers, program directors, K-12 and higher education administrators, professors, policymakers, researchers, and entrepreneurs.

Summit attendance has nearly tripled in just three years.  Over 1020 attendees from 40 states and 11 countries attended in 2016 and we expect over 1400 in San Francisco at the March 27-29 event.

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