Request for Summit Presentation Proposals

You are invited to showcase the work you are doing to transform teaching and learning at the 2022 Summit, scheduled for Sunday, March 27 through Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.


March 27–29, 2022


Hilton San Diego Bayfront

Educational Equity Is Our Priority

Improvement science is a rigorous, structured approach to planning and implementing change. In order to disrupt the systems and power structures that underlie inequitable outcomes, efforts must intentionally address equity. We encourage presentations showcasing improvement approaches that explicitly focus on the the pursuit of educational equity, fairness, and justice in student learning. We will also prioritize proposals that elevate underrepresented voices and feature improvement work that has attacked long-standing disparities in students’ progress in school and educational attainment.

Session Presentations

The Carnegie Foundation seeks proposals for presentations that illustrate the best efforts in the field and provide support to those on improvement journeys. The 2022 Summit program will showcase the work of a diverse set of leaders, organizations, and networks that develop and use continuous improvement methods to advance equitable educational outcomes and system transformation.

Select presentation sessions will be shared in a hybrid format (synchronously presented to in-person attendees and remote attendees). Presenters interested in conducting a hybrid session should design a session that would engage both in-person and remote audiences. Please note that Carnegie staff will be responsible for supporting all the technical Zoom aspects of hybrid sessions.

We invite proposals to present at the 2022 Summit that relate to one of the three Summit strands:

Improvement Science in Practice

Improvement science is an applied discipline that emphasizes innovation, rapid cycle testing in the field, and spread in order to generate learning about which changes work for whom and under what conditions. This strand illustrates improvement work that has resulted in better and more equitable outcomes for students and communities. Sessions feature the methods that led to success along with concrete takeaways to inform the improvement work of others. We encourage sessions in this strand to include the voices and experiences of those at the front lines of improvement activity who are enacting changes in their practice to advance an ambitious aim.

For the Improvement Science in Practice strand, we seek proposals that address one or more of the following:

  • Tell a story about the work to realize a significant improvement (such as increased graduation rates) that positively impacted the lives of students through the use of improvement science. These proposals must include data and measurable results.
  • Demonstrate the use of data and measurement to track progress against a well-specified aim or a specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound (SMART) goal.
  • Detail the application of a particular improvement method or tool and the results generated from its use.
  • Describe strategies or tools used to make variation visible and accelerate learning about which changes work, for whom, and under what conditions.
  • Surface the complexities of initiating or sustaining improvement efforts, including any learning from failures or instances when things did not go as planned.
  • Share how continuous improvement practices are being applied to advance equity in education.
  • Describe how one or more of the six core improvement principles has shaped continuous improvement activity and advanced progress toward an aim.
  • Describe how to incorporate improvement science successfully into the day-to-day practice of schools, districts, charter school organizations, or higher education institutions.

Improvement Networks in Practice

A networked approach can be a powerful strategy for accelerating the collective ability to learn and improve educational outcomes for all students. Networks in practice are communities of common accomplishment that rely on principles of improvement and use continuous improvement methods to make progress on well-specified problems. A typical feature of improvement networks is that they are strategically led by a hub—i.e., leadership team—that creates the necessary conditions for a network to develop the practical know-how needed to change systems and the resulting outcomes for students. This strand illustrates what is necessary to bring a network to life and support it in reaching its improvement goals.

For the Improvement Networks in Practice strand, we seek proposals that address one or more of the following:

  • Share the story of how a networked approach accelerated learning and led to progress in improvement aims or measures.
  • Offer measures, tools, indicators, strategies, or practices that have been used to monitor and manage network health.
  • Describe network structures, processes, or tools that foster effective collaboration, a shared narrative, or a culture of collective learning within a network.
  • Share strategies, tools, and technologies that allow for the spread of promising practices, including, but not limited to, a network’s analytic capabilities.
  • Describe practices developed or used by hubs, or leadership teams, to support the development of continuous improvement capabilities among members, including fostering mindsets needed to engage productively in networked communities.
  • Describe the development of hub practices to build, manage, and sustain a network.
  • Describe a network’s approach to consolidating learning and managing knowledge.
  • Describe a network’s use of external supports to bolster its efforts (e.g., technical assistance, evaluations, etc.).
  • Share how a network is advancing equity through its improvement efforts or its community.

Leadership for Improvement

Leadership plays a critical role in driving and supporting improvement. Leading improvement in a system requires the ability to shift norms, mindsets, and practices that are deeply ingrained in the culture of educational enterprises. Transforming a system requires individual leaders or leadership teams to break through the status quo and achieve new levels of performance. Such results are achieved by dismantling the system structures and processes that perpetuate inequitable student opportunities and outcomes and building new ones that support and sustain equity. Leaders must also navigate the policy environment and advocate for an improvement science approach to education reform.

For the Leadership for Improvement strand, we seek proposals that address one or more of the following:

  • Tell the story of leadership efforts to bring about or sustain systematic improvement across a school, district, region, or other enterprise, toward a specific aspirational goal(s), to include: how improvement principles shaped the pursuit of this transformation, the lessons that were learned through the process, and the results that were achieved.
  • Describe how to intentionally create the cultural conditions that cultivate the dispositions, mindsets, and skills of the improvement community to effectively pursue continuous improvement toward equity in educational systems.
  • Detail strategies for building improvement capability within systems, such as shifting to an improvement science approach to change, building will and skill in this approach, and deepening and sustaining engagement in the work of improvement.
  • Demonstrate how the use of measurement and data drive improvement and shift systemic culture from measurement for accountability to measurement for improvement.
  • Explore the lessons learned as leaders for improvement from both successes and failures.
  • Showcase federal, state, and/or local policy that advances improvement science in education.
  • Advocate for an approach(es) to creating a policy environment that is hospitable to the ideas of improvement science and networks.

Poster Presentations

Posters are an integral part of the Summit experience and represent a wide array of improvement efforts. Poster sessions will be scheduled during the Summit, beginning with a Welcome and Poster Reception on the first evening.



How to Apply

Review the important dates and logistics information and submit your proposal for a session or poster presentation online at Proposals will be peer reviewed and selections made in order to provide the most compelling program for our diverse Summit community.

Important Dates
August 19, 2021 Proposal Submission Deadline
October 22, 2021 Proposal Submission Notifications
March 27–29, 2022 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
2022 Summit RFP To help you prepare your proposal, please download and review the full Summit RFP (PDF).



Summit Logistics Information

Summit Registration: For sessions presented to in-person attendees only, up to two presenters will receive the Summit speaker registration rate of $695. For sessions presented to in-person and livestreamed to remote attendees (hybrid sessions), up to three presenters will receive the Summit speaker registration rate of $695. Poster presenters will be responsible for the standard Summit registration rate of $985.

Travel and Lodging: All session and poster presenters are responsible for their own travel and accommodation arrangements and expenses.

Questions? Please contact the Summit team at