Continuous Improvement

Julie Poetzel, 7th-grade science teacher, works with her students on a genetics project at Falls North Middle School in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
Science teacher Julie Poetzel works with 7th graders in Menomonee Falls, Wis. in 2018, as part of the district's continuous improvement initiative. New research finds networks of schools can benefit from continuous improvement, if they ensure rigorous testing of their interventions.
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School & District Management Most Improvement Networks Fall Short, But They Can Help Districts Adapt to New Problems
A study of school improvement networks finds they fall short when it comes to developing solutions from one school that apply elsewhere.
Sarah D. Sparks, November 20, 2020
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School & District Management Video Great to Greater How the Best Schools and Education Systems Keep Getting Better — Douglas Reeves
Although many schools and educational systems make improvements, the typical outcome, after several years, is a plateau in performance. In this hourlong discussion with attendees at Education Week’s Leaders To Learn From event in Washington, renowned speaker, researcher, and author Douglas Reeves discusses how to break through the plateau and achieve greater performance, touching on core competencies of “great to greater” schools. Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions, a nonprofit with the mission to improve educational opportunities for students throughout the world using creative solutions for leadership, policy, teaching, and learning. He is also the founder of DouglasReeves.com, ChangeLeaders.com, and has created a non-profit called FinishTheDissertation.org, which helps doctoral students finish their dissertations via phone, Skype, or personal conferences. Watch other videos from the event: https://leaders.edweek.org/leaders-live-stream-2019/
May 23, 2019
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Using Continuous Improvement to Disrupt Inequity and Promote Deeper Learning
Educators from EL Education reflect on two years of efforts to promote equity to refine their practices and strengthen them moving forward.
Contributing Blogger, August 17, 2018
7 min read
School & District Management Video Continuous Improvement in a Nutshell
A new approach called "continuous school improvement" brings together everyone in the school community to understand the deeper, systemic causes of everyday problems and test ways to fix them. Schools are drawing from tools gleaned from business, medicine, and design. (June 29, 2018)
June 29, 2018
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Dan Gordon
Dan Gordon
Every Student Succeeds Act Q&A: Making the Most of 'Continuous Improvement' in State ESSA Plans
Policy expert Dan Gordon talks with Education Week about how a continuous improvement approach can help states support low-performing schools, improve achievement across the board, and bolster the work of their own education agencies.
Alyson Klein, June 27, 2018
5 min read
Every Student Succeeds Act Tailored Approaches: How State ESSA Plans Address 'Continuous Improvement'
Although the term isn’t specified in the Every Student Succeeds Act itself, some state plans for ESSA are embracing some form of “continuous improvement.”
Alyson Klein, June 22, 2018
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School & District Management Collection Continuous Improvement
What is continuous school improvement? How are states, districts, and schools using it to improve student achievement? Browse our coverage of the topic.
June 22, 2018
Instructional Coach Diane Caldwell (center) meets with the school's biology professional learning community.
Instructional Coach Diane Caldwell (center) meets with the school's biology professional learning community.
Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week
School & District Management Commentary A School-Improvement Guidebook: Cultivate Trust
Teachers benefit from feedback and support that isn’t tied to professional evaluations, writes instructional coach Diane Caldwell.
Diane Caldwell, June 11, 2018
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To establish a culture of continuous improvement, teachers need the space to take risks
Assistant Principal Maggie Norris tackles paperwork at her desk.
Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week
School & District Management Commentary A School-Improvement Guidebook: Build Partnerships
To establish a culture of continuous improvement, teachers need the space to be vulnerable, explains assistant principal Maggie Norris.
Maggie Norris, June 11, 2018
5 min read
With her PLC and an instructional coach, one teacher can “focus on making things better”
Biology teacher Emily Moyes works with students in her classroom.
Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week
School & District Management Commentary A School-Improvement Guidebook: Embrace Honest Feedback
Emily Moyes reflects on how working with a trusted PLC and instructional coach has helped her become a better teacher.
Emily Moyes, June 11, 2018
4 min read
Diane Caldwell (right) and Sarah Menn (left) consult with the school's principal, Ron Myers, in his office.
Diane Caldwell (right) and Sarah Menn (left) consult with the school's principal, Ron Myers, in his office.
Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week
Professional Development Commentary A School-Improvement Guidebook: Empower Teachers
How can a busy principal find time to launch an innovative continuous-improvement model? Ron Myers shares his experience.
Ron Myers, June 11, 2018
5 min read
How a new instructional coach found her footing
Instructional coaches Sarah Menn (left) and Diane Caldwell (right) consult with one another in Menn's office.
Brandon Thibodeaux for Education Week
Student Well-Being Commentary A School-Improvement Guidebook: Ask for Help
Switching from the classroom to instructional coaching doesn’t happen overnight. Sarah Menn explains how she found her footing.
Sarah Menn, June 11, 2018
4 min read
School & District Management Opinion An Inside Look at School Improvement (Perspectives)
What does continuous improvement look like in practice? One school community shares insights from its innovative model.
June 11, 2018
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Every Student Succeeds Act 'Continuous Improvement' Model Woven Into State ESSA Plans
Although the federal K-12 law doesn't explicitly ask for it, a systemic and data-informed approach to long-term student achievement is part of the mix for many states as they implement the Every Student Succeeds Act.
Alyson Klein, May 8, 2018
11 min read