An Inside Look at School Improvement (Perspectives)

A principal, an assistant principal, two instructional coaches, and a teacher at one school go deep on continuous improvement


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Continuous improvement—a feedback loop that helps groups of people set goals, identify ways to improve, and evaluate change—has been gaining in popularity as a framework for school improvement in recent years. And it’s a model that Ron Myers, the principal at Byron Nelson High School in a Dallas-Fort Worth suburb, turned to in 2015. With the support of two instructional coaches and an assistant principal, Myers empowered his educators with instructional decision-making.


In this special Commentary project, one school goes deep into the difficulties and the benefits of implementing the continuous-improvement model. Through a tight-knit web of collaboration (visualized below), they have been able to offer each other feedback and support in this work.

Illustration: Ayumi Bennett for Education Week







A School-Improvement Guidebook: Empower Teachers

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Empower Teachers

June 11, 2018

How can a busy principal find time to launch an innovative continuous-improvement model? Ron Myers shares his experience.









A School-Improvement Guidebook: Build Partnerships

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Build Partnerships

June 11, 2018

To establish a culture of continuous improvement, teachers need the space to be vulnerable, explains assistant principal Maggie Norris.









A School-Improvement Guidebook: Ask for Help

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Ask for Help

June 11, 2018

Switching from the classroom to instructional coaching doesn’t happen overnight. Sarah Menn explains how she found her footing.









A School-Improvement Guidebook: Cultivate Trust

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Cultivate Trust

June 11, 2018

Teachers benefit from feedback and support that isn’t tied to professional evaluations, writes instructional coach Diane Caldwell.









A School-Improvement Guidebook: Embrace Honest Feedback

A School-Improvement Guidebook: Embrace Honest Feedback

June 11, 2018

Emily Moyes reflects on how working with a trusted PLC and instructional coach has helped her become a better teacher.








Coverage of continuous-improvement strategies in education is supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation at www.gatesfoundation.org. Education Week retains sole editorial control over the content of this coverage.