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Resource roundup: Accelerating improvement through networked improvement communities

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By Joni Wackwitz | September 11, 2018

How can educators identify solutions that lead to real change? One method is to form a networked improvement community (NIC). In a NIC, a group of stakeholders identifies a shared problem of practice and then uses a rapid continuous improvement process to develop, test, refine, and scale up a solution. This iterative process enables NIC participants to learn from one another about what works, for whom, and under what conditions.

As an introduction to NICs and the science of continuous improvement, we rounded up resources from across the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Program and the Carnegie Foundation.

The fundamentals

Examples from the field

REL Midwest has helped establish and sustain numerous NICs. These resources highlight this work and some of the lessons learned.

Learn more about REL Southwest’s Networked Improvement Communities partnership with the Oklahoma State Department of Education. This partnership is supporting Oklahoma’s Champions of Excellence districts in forming content-area NICs to test and scale up effective and innovative practices.

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joni Wackwitz

Joni Wackwitz

Senior Communications Specialist | REL Southwest

jwackwitz@air.org