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Carnegie advocates for the use of improvement science to accelerate how a field learns to improve. Improvement science deploys rapid tests of change to guide the development, revision and continued fine-tuning of new tools, processes, work roles and relationships.
Improvement science is explicitly designed to accelerate learning-by-doing. It's a more user-centered and problem-centered approached to improving teaching and learning.
As the improvement process advances, previously invisible problems often emerge and improvement activities may need to tack in new directions. The objective here is quite different from the traditional pilot program that seeks to offer a proof of concept. Improvement research, in contrast, is a focused learning journey. The overall goal is to develop the necessary know-how for a reform idea ultimately to spread faster and more effectively. Since improvement research is an iterative process often extending over considerable periods of time, it is also referred to as continuous improvement.
Carnegie believes that the most effective and efficient way to organize improvement efforts is through networked improvement communities (NICs), a colleagueship of expertise building on the hard work and creativity of many.
These are intentionally designed social organizations, each with a distinct problem-solving focus.
As formal organizations, NICs have roles, responsibilities, and norms for membership. They maintain narratives that exemplify what they are about and why it is important to affiliate with them. A NIC is:
Taken together, these features frame the NIC as a scientific learning community.
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This series of blog posts presents resources for educators from the 2021 Summit on Improvement in Education (and elsewhere). This offering includes the second volume of resources focused on Leadership. dk new way
Carnegie’s Professional Learning Opportunities are structured to help education professionals develop a deep and action-oriented understanding of networked improvement science. Networked improvement science brings together two powerful ways of organizing improvement efforts—improvement science and networked communities—to address the equity challenges in our educational organizations.
Since 2014, the Carnegie Summit on Improvement in Education has developed a vibrant learning community by engaging diverse groups of educational professionals.
The Carnegie Foundation Spotlight on Quality in Continuous Improvement is designed to recognize quality in the enactment of improvement principles, methods, and tools to significant problems in education.
This glossary organizes a selection of key terms used in the book, Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better, that have formal meaning.
Improvement in Action, Anthony S. Bryk’s sequel to Learning to Improve, illustrates how educators have effectively applied the six core principles of continuous improvement in practice. The book highlights relevant examples of rigorous, high-quality improvement work in districts, schools, and professional development networks across the country. The organizations featured in the…
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.
This essay proposes science of improvement research and the idea of a networked improvement community as an alternative R&D method to create the purposeful collective action needed to solve complex educational problems currently faced.
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