Past Summits

In just seven years, the Summit community has not only increased in size — from 400 attendees at the inaugural conference in 2014 to more than 2,000 registered attendees in 2020 — but it has also grown in thought and practice. The Summit provides for those new to improvement, opportunities to learn about the productive use of improvement principles, networks, and supportive methods and tools; for those already engaged in improvement, opportunities to present their progress in sessions and at poster receptions; and for all attendees, a space for learning about practices that are resulting in measurable improvements and achieving ambitious goals for students.

As the Summit grows each year, one thing remains the same: our unwavering commitment to providing a high-quality experience for attendees. As one Summit attendee put it, “I love how this conference gets better every year, and it’s shocking because it’s already so great … but you still find a way to improve!”


2019 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
April 16–18, 2019
Keynotes: Diane Tavenner, Nicholas Christakis, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Anthony Bryk

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2018 Summit program

2018 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
April 3–5, 2018
Keynotes:Sonja Santelises, Dan Heath, Pedro A. Noguera, Anthony Bryk

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2017 Summit program

2017 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 27–29, 2017
Keynotes: Becky Margiotta and Joe McCannon, Peter Senge, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Anthony Bryk

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2016 Summit program cover

2016 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 22–24, 2016
Keynotes: Alex Pentland, Hahrie Han, Bryan Stevenson, Anthony Bryk

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2015 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 2–4, 2015
Keynotes: Don Berwick, Angela Duckworth, Marshall Ganz, Anthony Bryk

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2014 Summit program cover

2014 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education
March 10–12, 2014
Keynotes: Ted Mitchell, Hayagreeva “Huggy”  Rao, Dan Heath, Clay Shirky, Anthony Bryk

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