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

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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 ...more
Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Published March 1st 2015 by Harvard Education Press
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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 may be difficult for some educators and central office personnel to digest but it's an invaluable resource for introducing improvement science to education communities and providing reliable implementation methods for tangible, measure-able and inclusive change. ...more
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 an integral part of consistent education reform in a lasting way. Now if only our education leaders could implement these strategies!
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 this book to anyone taking a hard look at improving the institution of education.
Kristy Grey
Great theory, but the language was much too technical.
Jim Hiller
A fun story with lots of twists! ;)
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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, Alicia Grunow, and Paul G. LeMahieu) and is the culmination, in their own words, of "learning from six years of pragmatic activity at The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching." One of my supervisors gave me this book when I was put on a new project at work doing some tasks with the New Yo
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 this work overall, but I must hand it to Bryk & associates: they get and honor a lot of the education enterprise's issues better than most--and their approach (with a bit more evidence basis, of course) is worth fully working out. It has much more potential than many of the reform mandates operatin
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 a problem and test solutions. Good refresher on managing change one focus at a time.
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 implementation of some of them seems highly unrealistic.
Aug 22, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One need only read page 172 and 173.
This wasn't terrible, I didn't even write any angry notes in the margins. ...more
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