The iLEAD network is composed of 13 university-district partnerships committed to the use of improvement science to develop leaders, address local problems of practice, and promote equitable educational opportunities and outcomes for all students.
Jennifer Russell is an associate professor and department chair of learning sciences and policy in the School of Education, a research scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center at the University of Pittsburgh, and a senior fellow of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. She received a Ph.D. in education policy and organizations from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research examines policy and other educational improvement initiatives through an organizational perspective. Her recent work examines two primary issues: (1) how schools create social and organizational structures that support reform; and (2) how inter-organizational collaborations and networks can be structured to support educational improvement. She is a former special education teacher in urban and rural settings and is committed to more equitable outcomes for all students.
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May 7, 2021
The Social Structure of Networked Improvement Communities: Cultivating the Emergence of a Scientific-Professional Learning Community
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.
January 21, 2016
This second post in our series about networked improvement community initiation focused on how to build capacity of network members to use improvement science to learn from practice.
January 13, 2016
In the first post of our network initiation series, we outline the networked improvement community initiation framework, exploring each of the 5 domains.