Networked Improvement Communities for K-12 Schools Launch in NC
Schools That Lead is excited to announce it will launch its North Carolina Networked Improvement Communities this fall for traditional public and charter schools seeking to improve learning outcomes for their students.
School That Lead, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, teaches cohorts of principals and teachers to use improvement science, a clearly defined and rigorous method of continuous improvement, to articulate their theories and assumptions, determine the effectiveness of change ideas and measure impact over time as they work to solve a shared persistent problem of educational practice.
Vice President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Schools That Lead board president Paul LeMahieu shares, “The networked improvement approach that Schools That Lead uses does not presume to know all the answers for the folks in districts and schools. Rather, it offers a rigorous and disciplined way for them to take best advantage of research-based practices to make sure that they work effectively and reliably in local contexts -- and Schools That Lead is as good at doing this as there is.”
Funded initially by the NC General Assembly, Schools That Lead will serve 60 North Carolina schools for three years. Each network of schools will work together to solve a shared problem and accelerate learning across schools:
- High schools will work to increase on-time graduation;
- Middle schools will work to reduce 9th grade retentions; and
- Elementary schools will work to reduce the number of students with early warning indicators in course failures, absences and discipline.
Sixth grade math teacher Brandy Cooper said of her experience with Schools That Lead: “Two years ago, everything changed. I began working with Schools that Lead, and for the first time in my career, I understood what it meant to advance powerful student learning. I learned how to use improvement science in my classroom. For the first time, I realized that data is powerful. For the first time, I realized that I was powerful
An RFP process will be made available to schools in July.
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