Current Work

Field-Building Activities

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education

The annual Carnegie Summit is a signature event for the improvement science community. This three-day event brings together a diverse and vibrant community of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and policymakers dedicated to accelerating improvement in education.

Related link: Carnegie Summit web page

Higher Education Network (HEN)

This network serves those directly engaged in teaching improvement science.

Improvement Leadership Education and Development (iLEAD)

The Carnegie Foundation partners with a select number of schools of education that seek to transform their programs for preparing educational leaders.

Related link: iLEAD web page

Spotlight on Continuous Improvement in Education

This event aims to: (1) recognize and celebrate teams, organizations, and networks that are using improvement principles and tools to solve high-leverage problems and showcase these achievements to the field’s most influential leaders; (2) deepen the understanding of and appreciation for the rigorous application of improvement methods and tools; (3) demonstrate and make visible that significant progress on long-standing problems is possible; and (4) inspire future leaders to use improvement principles and tools to make progress on their own.

Related link: Spotlight web page


Carnegie-Supported Networks

Getting Better, California (GBC)

This effort is comprised of two networked improvement communities (NICs) in the state of California, each of them a countywide initiative led by its regional County Office of Education. Reach Higher Shasta addresses early childhood reading and the Central Valley Networked Improvement Community is focused on middle-grades mathematics.

Getting Better, Tennessee (GBT)

Carnegie is supporting the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) to form the Tennessee Early Literacy Network (TELN). TELN is comprised of networked improvement communities led by the state’s regional offices that focus on improving literacy outcomes in the primary grades. The effort brings districts together to collaborate in improving early reading, and seeks to shift how the TDOE empowers and builds the capacity of regions and districts to problem solve, find better solutions, and improve student achievement in their own unique contexts.

New York Hall of Science

Supported by a planning grant from the National Science Foundation, this effort is exploring the establishment of a networked improvement community comprised of museums, science centers, and other “out of school” learning environments. It seeks to employ maker methods to promote students’ interest in and engagement with mathematics and science.

Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory

Carnegie partners with McREL, the prime contractor for the Pacific Regional Educational Laboratory, to provide technical expertise and professional training, coaching, and other supports for networked improvement communities throughout the Pacific region focused on college and career readiness.


Carnegie-Initiated Networks

Carnegie Math Pathways

Carnegie Math Pathways (CMP) is a network with the aim to accelerate students’ progress through their developmental mathematics sequence and a college-level course for credit. CMP devised two new pathways, Statway and Quantway, to reduce the time required to earn college credit while improving the content and pedagogy of developmental mathematics. These Pathways present engaging, relevant, and useful mathematics concepts that students can use in their daily lives. Statway and Quantway are taught using common curricula, assessments, online platforms, and innovative instructional approaches. The CMP network is now housed at WestEd.

Related link: Carnegie Math Pathways website

Early Literacy Meta-Network (ELMN)

The Early Literacy Meta-Network convenes a set of networked improvement communities (NICs) to explore how a “network of networks” (or meta-network) can be mutually reinforcing and educative so as to accelerate learning and the spread of knowledge on what is a widely recognized high-leverage problem of practice: exiting grade three with the reading and literacy skills necessary to participate fully as a learner in school. It is currently in an exploration/pre-initiation phase, including a search for funding.

Student Agency Improvement Community

Student Agency Improvement Community (SAIC) is a network of six networked improvement communities (NICs), each with its own aim and community. Each member NIC explores the implementation of a set of practices focused on promoting growth mindsets, a sense of belonging (in school and as a learner), an appreciation for and valuing of the content to be learned, and the use of effective learning strategies. The purpose of these practices and routines is to promote the psychosocial factors that influence student motivation, therefore engagement, therefore success in school.

Related link: SAIC web page


Development Activities

Developmental Evaluation

This initiative aims to identify ways of using the analytic methods, tools, and orientations of evaluations to more productively contribute to the success of improvement initiatives as they are occurring rather than (and/or in addition to) contribute findings and lessons learned after the fact.

Network Initiation & Health Framework, Measurement, and Analytics

This conceptual framework, and associated measures, is designed to provide a range of approaches and tools that can be utilized by developmental evaluators and network leaders to track network health and vitality.

Networked Improvement Fellows

This fellowship program combines cohort-based learning (targeted readings and seminars around the improvement science and networks content) and clinical apprenticeship. The clinical apprenticeship component of the fellowship provides mentoring and coaching along with scaffolded opportunities to shadow and gradually take on responsibilities to teach and coach improvement work.

Networked Improvement Learning and Support (NILS)

NILS is an online platform that aims to support both the “chartering” phase of a NIC, in which members participate in building their working theory of improvement (visualized in a driver diagram), and the “Improvement Testing” phase that follows.

Related link: NILS web page

Teaching Commons

Currently in development, this standalone, comprehensive resource will consist of a searchable relational database that contains all available materials relevant to teaching and learning about improvement science.