Spotlight on Quality in Continuous Improvement

Since 2008, the Carnegie Foundation has been at the forefront of an emerging movement in education, promoting the use of improvement science methods in education and fostering the formation and growth of networked communities dedicated to making headway on some of the most persistent problems in our nation’s schools.

Over the past ten years, thousands of school district leaders, principals, teachers, policymakers, researchers, and K-12 and higher education administrators across the country and around the world have begun to take up these methods. These educational leaders are challenging existing norms, learning new practices of continuous improvement, and reinforcing a collective commitment to improve the nation’s schools.

In light of the swift and enthusiastic take-up of these ideas by so many individuals and groups, Carnegie launched the Spotlight on Quality in Continuous Improvement program in 2017 to provide clear and powerful examples of the rigorous application of improvement principles, methods, and tools to solve educational problems.

The Spotlight program seeks to inspire those educational leaders who are just starting but may wonder what this work actually looks like in practice, to support those who may be already working on an improvement project but want to get better at how they pursue their efforts, and to celebrate and learn from those who are making real progress.

In its inaugural year, honorees included: Better Math Teaching Network, Fresno Unified School District, High Tech High, National Writing Project, New Visions for Public Schools, School District of Menomonee Falls, and Summit Public Schools.

2018 Spotlight and Call for Applications (Closed)

The call for applications for the 2018 Spotlight concluded on July 9, 2018. Visit the Call for Applications page to learn more about the Spotlight application categories and process, as well as the benefits of applying.