Have a strong sense of what you know and also what you don’t know.

Improvement work in organizations is not easy, but it’s essential for good organizations that strive to be great. Engaging in effective improvement work entails learning the basics of improvement—but also—learning from how others are doing it, as our guest in today’s episode, Tony Bryk, explains. Tony is the ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and his contributions to improvement science as a whole make him one of the greatest educational professionals of all time. Listen as Tony discusses his newest book, Improvement in Action, where he offers a look at what actions six organizations have taken as they move through improvement work—with advice for leaders ready to commit to this process.


This episode addresses questions, such as:

  • Why is collaborating with other organizations an essential part of improvement work?
  • What should we keep in mind as we commit to the process of improvement work?
  • What should we be cautious of as we engage in improvement work?


Learn more about Anthony S. Bryk’s extensive research influencing continuous improvement in schools across America by reading his books: Trust in Schools: A Core Resource for Improvement, Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better, and his newest release: Improvement in Action: Advancing Quality in America’s Schools.

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6 Core Principles of Improvement - Carnegie Foundation

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Improvement & Innovation

When a team awakens to the real meaning and practice of a continuous improvement approach to make lasting change, team members begin to think about improvement possibilities differently. Getting away from initiative-centered thinking can be a challenge for organizations that may be accustomed to jumping from one episodic and silver bullet promise to the next.

The Harvard Educational Review

In response to the continuing failure of many research-based interventions to spur broadscale instructional improvements, a number of researchers have turned their attention to the goal of enhancing organizational capacity. To achieve this end, researchers and practitioners in education have increasingly embraced the discipline of improvement science.

Improvement Action Plan

The purpose of an Improvement Action Plan is to map the prioritized actions after gaining input from our teams. The plan is aligned to the organization's overall strategic priorities and contains details about short-term actions to achieve annual goals. Use this template to draft and share your Improvement Action Plan.



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