Through the initiation and development of several Networked Improvement Communities, Carnegie has gained five key insight into what it takes to spur improvement activity in networks.
As Carnegie works to spread the ideas and practices on the use of improvement science in networked communities, we accept a responsibility to meet a growing demand for deeper knowledge and technical support.
To that end, we focus on three efforts: programming to build competencies in improvement science, developing Networked Improvement Communities (NICs), and supporting select NICs that align with our mission and values.
RECLAIMING MATHEMATICS LIVES
The Carnegie Math Pathways Networked Improvement Communities are focused on the extraordinarily high failure rates in developmental mathematics courses in community college. The Foundation has engaged networks of faculty members, researchers, designers, students, and content experts experts in the creation of two new pathways, one in statistics and the other in quantitative reasoning to help students who place into developmental mathematics in college earn credit for a college-level course. The Pathways are streamlined, complex instructional systems that include a common curriculum, pedagogy, and student supports and that reduce the time students take to complete a college-level math course.
PROMOTING STUDENT MOTIVATION AND PERSISTENCE
Engaging researchers and practitioners across different school districts, the Student Agency Improvement Community is addressing student learning behaviors related to student motivation and persistence. The Network is helping students use these strategies to take on an academic identity and commit their time to academic effort.
SUPPORTING TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS
The Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network (BTEN) brings together leaders in education practice, policy, and research to improve the development and retention of effective teachers in our nation’s schools.
AIDING THE EDUCATIONAL FIELD
Carnegie is involved in several projects to benefit other organizations, the education field in general, or the federal government. The Foundation serves in different roles depending on the project.