As Carnegie works to build the field’s capacity to put into action 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 building competencies in improvement science and networked improvement, and on supporting networked improvement communities (NICs) that align with our mission and values.
Carnegie initiates and supports a number of NICs, including regional, statewide, county-based, and other networks working on diverse issues including early childhood literacy, middle school and developmental mathematics, maker education, student learning behaviors related to motivation and persistence, and college and career readiness. In addition to accelerating improvement through events like its annual Summit, the Foundation supports college faculty in bringing the discipline of improvement science and the work of networked improvement communities into academic scholarship as well as into their professional education programs in leadership and teacher preparation. The Foundation also seeks to further develop the approaches and tools of improvement initiatives related to evaluation, network health, information and data management, and teaching.
Over the years, the Foundation has initiated several networks using the methods of improvement science. The Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network brought together leaders in education practice, policy, and research to improve the development and retention of effective teachers in our nation’s schools. In California, Carnegie designed and delivered professional development institutes to the County Offices of Education on the use of improvement science to implement ESSA improvement requirements and provided coaching and advice to the CORE districts.
Carnegie has been engaged historically in a number of other projects, some of which continue independently today. The Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate, now an independent initiative, has the goal of redesigning doctoral preparation for professional practitioners. Administration of the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and administration of the Carnegie Elective Classification on Community Engagement are now conducted at Indiana University and Brown University, respectively. Advancing Teaching-Improving Learning was a program aimed at enhancing the capacity of those working in the field of teacher assessment and evaluation.