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.
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