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 exemplary organizations that are achieving better educational outcomes through the use of improvement science methodologies, organizations that have effectively turned knowledge into practice and systematically spread that knowledge to improve practice reliably at scale.
For this strand, we are 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.
- Demonstrate the use of data and measurement (quantitative/qualitative) to track progress against a well-specified aim.
- Detail use of an explicit improvement methodology and/or tool(s) to make progress or spread results.
- Explore the lessons learned from failures.
- Describe how one or more of the core improvement principles has been essential to the improvement.
- Make the work problem-specific and user-centered.
- Variation in performance is the core problem to address.
- See the system that produces the current outcomes.
- We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure.
- Anchor practice improvement in disciplined inquiry.
- Accelerate improvements through networked communities.