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.
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.
Reading Recovery is one of the oldest, most mature, and most successful programs for addressing the needs of children encountering difficulties with the development of their reading and literacy skills. The Foundation will assist them in using improvement tools and processes (such as problem study, systems analysis, and the articulation of a theory of practice improvement) to address two problems that it currently confronts: declining knowledge of and engagement with RR by practicing professionals, and high levels of variability in practice and outcomes, even with well-articulated professional development and support systems.
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.