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ERIC Number: EJ1205898
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Feb
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0276-928X
Network Uses Improvement Science to Scale up Change
George, Melinda; Morgan, Nick; Foster, Elizabeth
Learning Professional, v40 n1 p46-49 Feb 2019
Many education stakeholders might grapple with some of these challenges in designing a new way to drive positive change in public education policy: (1) Implementing strategies that appear to hold promise but have never been scaled; (2) Maintaining the integrity of research-based interventions while addressing the need for contextual adaptation such as a different timeline or resource challenges; or (3) Balancing the benefits of focusing in one area with the pressing need to tackle multiple issues and solutions simultaneously. New sources of innovation are needed to address these classic challenges in improving educational outcomes and break through a history of underwhelming results. Learning Forward's What Matters Now Network is designed to address these challenges using an innovative structure for collaboration and continuous improvement. The network focuses on classroom- and school level rapid-cycle testing of innovative strategies so that promising practices that lead to positive changes in one classroom or one school can be scaled up to include others and can inform and impact statewide policy at the same time. The What Matters Now Network aims to build knowledge at two levels: across and within states. The network as a whole is focused on the shared goal of accelerating the improvement of job-embedded professional learning focused on selecting and implementing high quality curricula and instructional materials. The ultimate goal of the What Matters Now Network is to design a more coherent set of policies and programs to advance job-embedded professional learning that improves educators' ability to select and implement high-quality curricula and instructional materials. This goal can only be realized through teams learning, collaborating, and problem-solving together around this critical issue.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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