Improvement science is an applied discipline that emphasizes innovation, rapid cycle testing in the field, and spread in order to generate learning about what changes work for whom and under what conditions. This strand seeks to illustrate improvement work in action that has resulted in better outcomes for students and communities. Presentations in this strand feature the methods that led to success along with concrete takeaways to inform others’ improvement work.
New this year: Voices of School Improvers
The 2021 Summit hybrid format affords the opportunity to increase the presence of voices that are historically underrepresented at the Summit due to the time required to travel to the conference. For the 2021 program, we will prioritize within the Improvement Science in Practice strand sessions that engage the perspectives of school-based improvers, including teachers, students, administrators, counselors, or social workers.
For the Improvement Science in Practice strand, we seek proposals that address one or more of the following:
- Tell a story about a significant improvement (such as increased graduation rates) that positively impacted the lives of students through the use of improvement science. These proposals must include data and measurable results.
- Demonstrate the use of data and measurement to track progress against a well-specified aim or Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Time-bound (SMART) goal.
- Detail the application of a particular improvement method or tool, along with the results generated from its use.
- Surface the complexities of initiating or sustaining improvement efforts, including any learning from failures or when things did not go as planned.
- Describe how one or more of the six core improvement principles has been essential to the improvement.
- Describe how to successfully incorporate improvement science into day-to-day practice in schools.