Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better

As a field, education has largely failed to learn from experience. Time after time, promising education reforms fall short of their goals and are abandoned as other promising ideas take their place. In Learning to Improve, the authors argue for a new approach. Rather than “implementing fast and learning slow,” they believe educators should adopt a more rigorous approach to improvement that allows the field to “learn fast to implement well.”
 
Using ideas borrowed from improvement science, the authors show how a process of disciplined inquiry can be combined with the use of networks to identify, adapt, and successfully scale up promising interventions in education. Organized around six core principles, the book shows how “networked improvement communities” can bring together researchers and practitioners to accelerate learning in key areas of education. Examples include efforts to address the high rates of failure among students in community college remedial math courses and strategies for improving feedback to novice teachers.
 
Learning to Improve offers a new paradigm for research and development in education that promises to be a powerful driver of improvement for the nation’s schools and colleges.

Title:Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781612507910
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    Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better Reviews

  • Todd

    This is a best in class book. Tony Bryk is a thought leader. He is a bit of a bricoleur, pulling helpful theories and practices from W Edwards Deming, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and oth...

  • Christopher Sanacore

    This book serve as a tool-kit for jumpstarting improvement work in districts and schools. It's accessible and firmly lay outs productive protocols and guidelines. It was a bit jargony at times that ma...

  • Heidi

    More required reading for graduate school, but I would say this was my favorite book of them all. In a very practical way, the authors outline how we can use specific tools to make improvement science...

  • Michael

    Clear message regarding the flaws of our current systems and well thought-out explanation of a solution. It is spot on with its focus on more decentralized systems for school improvement. I recommend ...

  • Kristy Grey

    Great theory, but the language was much too technical....

  • Jim Hiller

    A fun story with lots of twists! ;)...

  • Bri (readingknitter.com)

    For more, check out girlwithabookblog.com!Learning to Improve: How America's Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better is a book written by a group of researchers (Anthony S. Bryk, Louis M. Gomez, Alic...

  • Eric Kalenze

    Wasn't expecting to like this much, as I assumed it would contain a lot of the reform-y, system-change-y myopia I rail against in my own book. I was quite wrong. I mean, I have a number of issues with...

  • Tanya

    A great book for digging deeper into school improvement. Provides examples of how improvement science can be applied in schools. Using the PDSA cycle, teams can use research-based methods to identify ...

  • Jordan Munn

    This book puts new labels on old ideas, which is a bit obnoxious. Nonetheless, most of the ideas are very good and are worth at least consideration in the education sector, even if the suggested imple...