Improvement science is an applied discipline that emphasizes innovation, rapid-cycle testing in the ﬁeld, and spread in order to generate learning about which changes work for whom and under what conditions. This strand illustrates improvement work that has resulted in better and more equitable outcomes for students and communities. Sessions feature the methods that led to success along with concrete takeaways to inform the improvement work of others. We encourage sessions in this strand to include the voices and experiences of those at the front lines of improvement activity who are enacting changes in their practice to advance an ambitious aim. Work that involves students, with student presenters is especially encouraged.
For the Improvement Science in Practice strand, we seek proposals that address one or more of the following:
- Tell a story about the work to realize 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 a speciﬁc, measurable, attainable, relevant, time-bound (SMART) goal.
- Detail the application of a particular improvement method or tool and the results generated from its use.
- Describe strategies or tools used to make variation visible and accelerate learning about which changes work, for whom, and under what conditions.
- Surface the complexities of initiating or sustaining improvement eﬀorts, including any learning from failures or instances when things did not go as planned.
- Share how continuous improvement practices are being applied to advance equity in education.
- Describe how one or more of the six core improvement principles has shaped continuous improvement activity and advanced progress toward an aim.
- Describe how to incorporate improvement science successfully into the day-to-day practice of schools, districts, charter school organizations, or higher education institutions.
- Describe how having an improvement stance impacted the response to school closures and/or reopening due to the COVID pandemic or is shaping learning acceleration efforts