In this project, Carnegie addresses the measurement challenges of educators by supporting the development and testing of practical measures for instructional improvement and providing guidance for how improvement networks and partnerships can do the same.
Paul LeMahieu is the senior vice president of the Carnegie Foundation. Previously at Carnegie, he managed the Foundation's programmatic work and directed the work of the Carnegie Hub, which supports the networks the Foundation convenes to engage problems of education practice in the field.
LeMahieu came to Carnegie from the National Writing Project (NWP) at the University of California, Berkeley where he was director of research and evaluation. He has also served as superintendent of education for the state of Hawaiʻi, the only state in the nation that is a single unitary school district with operating and capital budgets totaling over $1.8 billion. He has held top educational research and policy positions for the state of Delaware and in the Pittsburgh Public Schools. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s from Harvard University and a bachelor’s from Yale College.
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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.
February 27, 2015
Using ideas borrowed from improvement science, Learning to Improve presents a process of disciplined inquiry that can be combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt, and successfully scale up promising interventions in education.
June 10, 2013
Improvement Research Carried Out Through Networked Communities: Accelerating Learning about Practices that Support More Productive Student Mindsets
A white paper prepared for the White House meeting on "Excellence in Education: The Importance of Academic Mindsets" focused on ensuring the ideas presented at the meeting could achieve effectiveness with reliability at scale.
January 5, 2017
Failure can be a learning experience, but only under certain conditions. The work must matter, and there has to be a leader who can manage the costs of failure, understands improvement research, and keeps people focused on finding a solution instead of placing blame.
August 18, 2015
Organizing in networks is not a new idea. But the joining together of improvement science and networks affords great promise for accelerating educators’ efforts to improve our nation’s schools. Learn more about networked improvement communities.
March 22, 2012
Carnegie is developing an information system that integrates real-time faculty and student data with institutional records to inform continuous improvement for the Pathways network.
October 11, 2011
For many years, educational researchers have worked with program designers and implementers in pursuit of what has been called fidelity of implementation. Simply put, this has involved the application of numerous tools and procedures designed to ensure that implementers replicate programs exactly as they were designed and intended. There is…