Anna Kawar

Associate, Improvement Science, and Director, Tennessee Early Literacy Network

Anna Kawar
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Anna Kawar is an improvement specialist and the director of the Tennessee Early Literacy Network (TELN), a partnership between the Tennessee Department of Education and the Carnegie Foundation. TELN, launched in 2016, sits within a statewide “Read to be Ready” initiative aimed at improving early (K-3) literacy. Anna previously served as improvement specialist for the Building a Teaching Effectiveness Network and Carnegie Math Pathways, and currently is the lead improvement specialist for the Student Agency Improvement Community. Her support for networked improvement communities (NICs) includes building hub capacity, improvement capabilities of network members, determining improvement priorities, as well as coaching testing, data collection, and analysis. Anna also works to bring improvement science to the field by leading and teaching workshops such as Improvement Science in Practice and Explorers’ Workshop, as well as teaching at the annual Summit on Improvement in Education.

Prior to Carnegie, Anna worked for the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, MA where she learned how to apply improvement science and use the power of networks to make real change in health care. Anna received her MPP in social policy and MBA in nonprofit management from Duke University and also holds a BA in public health and international relations from Cornell University.