Recommended Readings

Carnegie publications are the vehicles for, not merely the products of, the Foundation’s work. They are tools and resources for others who join us as we seek to accelerate the field’s capacity to learn to improve.

A listing of Carnegie Foundation publications from 1906 to 2011 is available on Carnegie’s Archive website.

April 2023

Improving America’s Schools Together

By Edited by Louis M. Gomez; Manuelito Biag; David G. Imig, Randy Hitz, and Steve Tozer - Foreword by Anthony S. Bryk

Improving America’s Schools Together: How District-University Partnerships and Continuous Improvement Can Transform Education is the first definitive text on continuous improvement in school district-university partnerships, covering improvement methods, theory, research, and real cases across the United States with practical improvement tools that can be adapted to any setting. Through an…

April 2023

How a City Learned to Improve Its Schools

By Anthony S. Bryk, Sharon Greenberg, Albert Bertani, Penny Sebring, Steven E. Tozer, and Timothy Knowles

A comprehensive analysis of the astonishing changes that elevated the Chicago public school system from one of the worst in the nation to one of the most improved.  How a City Learned to Improve Its Schools tells the story of the extraordinary thirty-year school reform effort that changed the landscape…

March 2022

A Framework for Scaling for Equity

By Lora Cohen-Vogel, Jeanne Century, and David Sherer

The scaling-for-equity framework supports a journey in which members of a team work to improve educational practice by traveling over time from their origin to a destination. It consists of three components—scaling intentions, scaling strategies, and influential factors.

May 2021

The Social Structure of Networked Improvement Communities: Cultivating the Emergence of a Scientific-Professional Learning Community

By Jennifer Russell, Anthony S. Bryk, Donald J. Peurach, David Sherer, Paul LeMahieu, Edit Khachatryan, Jennifer Z. Sherer, Maggie Hannan

How do networked improvement communities (NICs) create a social structure to catalyze the type of community that can solve complex problems? Based upon prior theorizing, research literature, and observations of developing NICs, here we describe a framework for use as an analytic tool for understanding NIC emergence and maturation.

July 2020

Improvement in Action: Advancing Quality in America’s Schools

By Anthony S. Bryk

Improvement in Action, Anthony S. Bryk’s sequel to Learning to Improve, illustrates how educators have effectively applied the six core principles of continuous improvement in practice. The book highlights relevant examples of rigorous, high-quality improvement work in districts, schools, and professional development networks across the country. The organizations featured in the…

June 2020

The Virtual Pivot: How The 2020 Carnegie Summit Transformed from an In-Person Event to a Virtual Experience

By Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching

The Summit on Improvement in Education brings together education professionals to learn how improvement science can address their problems of practice. This document chronicles how Carnegie pivoted from its annual in-person event to a virtual one—while working remotely without the benefit of face-to-face meetings and huddles.

June 2018

Advancing Quality in Continuous Improvement

By Anthony S. Bryk

In his keynote at the 2018 Carnegie Summit, Carnegie Foundation President Anthony S. Bryk reflects on seven diverse examples of quality improvement work in action, and presents four key lessons illuminated by these efforts.

April 2017

Redressing Inequities: An Aspiration in Search of a Method

By Anthony S. Bryk

Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk discussed the promise of networked improvement communities to address educational inequities in his keynote, "Redressing Inequities: An Aspiration in Search of a Method," at the 2017 Summit on Improvement in Education.

March 2017

Pathways Post-Participation Outcomes: Preliminary Findings

By Jon Norman

This paper describes the data and methods used to examine the efficacy of Statway and Quantway, two accelerated developmental math programs comprising Carnegie Math Pathways. The analysis includes longer-term (distal) outcomes related to completion and transfer.

March 2017

Carnegie Math Pathways 2015-2016 Impact Report: A Five-Year Review

By Hai Hoang, Melrose Huang, Brian Sulcer, and Suleyman Yesilyurt

This report provides a description of the findings from two studies examining 2015-16 outcomes for students enrolled in Statway and Quantway, the accelerated developmental math programs comprising Carnegie Math Pathways. Includes ideas for improvement based on this data.

February 2016

Community College Pathways: 2014-2015 Impact Report

By Melrose Huang, Hai Hoang, Suleyman Yesilyurt, and Chris Thorn

This report provides descriptive statistics on 2014-2015 student outcomes, as well as insights into potential areas for improvement based on data from the fourth year’s Pathways implementation.

December 2015

Accelerating How We Learn to Improve

By Anthony S. Bryk

Based on his 2014 distinguished lecture at AERA, Carnegie President Anthony S. Bryk outlines his vision for a new “improvement paradigm” that will help our schools get better at getting better in Educational Researcher.

September 2015

Improving Observer Training: The Trends and Challenges

By Sarah McKay and Elena Silva

Training observers is increasingly important for quality observation of teachers. This report examines research on observer training and investigates how five districts are preparing observers to conduct accurate, reliable, and useful observations.

January 2015

Pathways Impact Report

By Nicole Sowers and Hiroyuki Yamada

This report provides descriptive statistics on 2013-2014 student outcomes as well as insights into potential areas for improvement based on data from the third year's implementation of the Pathways.

March 2014

Developing an Effective Teacher Feedback System

By Sandra Park, Sola Takahashi, and Taylor White

Acknowledging the importance of feedback, this report aims to help districts rethink feedback not simply as a series of isolated conversations between principals and teachers, but rather as a complex system of many interconnected factors.

December 2013

Community College Pathways: 2012-2013 Descriptive Report

By Nicole Sowers, Scott Strother, James Van Campen

This report presents the student outcome data from 2012-2013 Statway and Quantway classes across the network. The success of the previous year was repeated as the network expanded.

December 2013

Practical Measurement

By Anthony S. Bryk, David Yeager, Jane Muhich, Hannah Hausman, Lawrence Morales

Practical Measurement presents why improvement science requires a different type of measurement, distinct from accountability or theory development to allow for learning in and through practice.

October 2013

90-Day Cycle Handbook

By Sandra Park and Sola Takahashi

The 90-Day Cycle Handbook is a comprehensive guide to the purpose and methods of this disciplined and structured form of inquiry. This handbook delineates the purpose and process for this method.

August 2013

A Human Capital Framework for a Stronger Teacher Workforce

By Jeannie Myung, Lee Nordstrum, Krissia Martinez

This white paper refines and provides evidentiary support for a human capital system framework composed of four subsystems that ideally work together to build a stronger teacher workforce.

June 2013

Improvement Research Carried Out Through Networked Communities: Accelerating Learning about Practices that Support More Productive Student Mindsets

By Anthony S. Bryk, David Yeager, Paul LeMahieu, Alicia Grunow, Louis Gomez, Jon Dolle, Hannah Hausman, Jane Muhich

A white paper prepared for the White House meeting on "Excellence in Education: The Importance of Academic Mindsets" focused on ensuring the ideas presented at the meeting could achieve effectiveness with reliability at scale.

May 2013

Continuous Improvement in Education

By Sandra Park, Penny Carver, Lee Nordstrum, Stephanie Hironaka

Continuous Improvement in Education, a white paper, provides examples that illustrate how continuous quality improvement methodology is being applied in education from the classroom level to the systems level.

April 2010

Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago

By Anthony S. Bryk, Penny Bender Sebring, Elaine Allensworth, Stuart Luppescu, and John Q. Easton

In 1988, the Chicago public school system decentralized, granting parents and communities significant resources and authority to reform their schools in dramatic ways.