ERIC Number: EJ1018618
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
Beyond Classrooms: Scaling and Sustaining Instructional Innovations
Scherrer, Jimmy; Israel, Nancy; Resnick, Lauren B.
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v112 n2 p426-442 2013
In this chapter, we describe the evolution of an intermediary organization, the Institute for Learning (IFL) at the University of Pittsburgh, devoted to improving teaching and learning in some of America's largest and most challenged school districts. Over the nearly 20 years of IFL's life, we have learned that design-based researchers have to move beyond classrooms and focus on entire school systems if they hope their innovations will scale and sustain. Specifically, we believe the best way to develop capacity for sustaining innovation is through the careful design of practices intended to provide an ongoing forum for mutual engagement among actors from various levels of the education system. These practices, we have found, provide a productive way for actors from different levels of the system to understand and support the local activity of other levels.
Descriptors: Instructional Innovation, Educational Practices, Educational Improvement, Educational Principles, Professional Development, Communities of Practice, Program Descriptions, Institutional Characteristics, Sustainability, Instructional Design, Partnerships in Education, Improvement Programs, Institutional Role, Concept Formation
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania