Between August and November 2022, we will publish five blog posts as a part of our series, Living Improvement: Resources from the 2021 Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education (and elsewhere). Resources will focus on leadership, equity, data, and coaching. In this post, we present resources focusing on the role of leadership in continuous improvement.
In any large system, change is constant; but sustained improvement in large systems is rare. This is doubly true for education, one of the largest systems there is. This is why we start with leadership as our first release in the series, Living Improvement: Resources for Educators. In the sets of resources pulled from 2021 Summit sessions below, you will see video clips, articles, activities, and more examples of how education leaders can be powerful catalysts for improvement within systems that are notoriously resistant to reform. As you will see, leadership that is focused on learning starts with a strong foundation of principles and values, and it enables an organization to generate and act on insight and innovation at all levels. Most importantly, this kind of leadership is rooted in equity. It is people-centered and culturally responsive.
To view the resources, click on each set title and then scroll through to view video clips, download articles and papers, and so on.
We hope that these resources on leadership in continuous improvement show how powerful this way of working can be. It’s not just implementing a new initiative or curriculum, but about systems transformation, changing how education organizations work and learn. While leadership, on its own, is not enough to improve, it can go a long way to lay the foundation by fostering the values, mindsets, culture, and practices that enable organizations to learn.
The resources below introduce leaders to frameworks and tools for reflecting on their own practice, and include three examples of how leaders have approached transforming their systems. These resources were included in the Leading Transformation of Education Systems to Continuously Improve session at the 2021 Summit.
- Christina Dixon, Improvement Advisor and Independent Consultant, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Patricia Greco, Superintendent Emeritus, School District of Menomonee Falls, Senior Director of Thought Leadership, Studer Education
- Michael Hanson, Former Superintendent, Fresno Unified School District , Senior Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Simone Palmer, Associate, Networked Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
Investigate the importance of a learning-based education system and how to shift towards this system in the links below, and hear from two leaders engaged in this work as they respond to the COVID-19 context. These resources were included in the Prioritizing Learning Systems During & After the COVID-19 Pandemic session at the 2021 Summit.
- LaVerne Srinivasan, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Vice President, National Program and Program Director, Education
- Dan Gordon, EducationCounsel LLC, Senior Legal and Policy Advisor
- Scott Palmer, EducationCounsel LLC, Managing Partner and Co-Founder
- Cathy Quiroz Moore, Wake County Public School System (NC), Superintendent
- Donna Harris-Aikens, U.S. Department of Education, Senior Advisor for Policy and Planning, Office of the Secretary
Through the links below, learn more about Tulsa Public Schools’ effort to implement effective equity-focused and data-driven continuous improvement practices at multiple levels in the district in support of school reopening, student support, and instructional excellence during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the strategies they used to strengthen a culture of improvement. These resources were included in the Building Data Use and Continuous Improvement Muscles During COVID-19: The Tulsa Leadership Story session at the 2021 Summit.
- Elaine Farber Budish, UPD Consulting, Director
- Jenni Greene, UPD Consulting, Senior Consultant
- Caitlin Richard, Tulsa Public Schools, Director of Grants and Special Projects
- Sean Berkstresser, Tulsa Public Schools, Executive Director of Information and Analytics
Learn how leaders of school districts, community colleges, and county health departments have built organizational improvement infrastructure to accelerate and measure their improvement toward what matters most, even in times of crisis. These resources were included in the Continuous Improvement: The Path to Living Your Values session at the 2021 Summit.
- Christina Dixon, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, Improvement Analyst and Independent Consultant
- Patricia Greco, Studer Education, Superintendent Emeritus, School District of Menomonee Falls; Senior Director of Thought Leadership