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Southwest Networked Improvement Communities

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Research cannot always keep pace with educators’ need for evidence to inform practice. Networked improvement communities (NICs) accelerate the process by testing and refining potential solutions through a series of rapid mini-trials and then scaling up what works. REL Southwest is partnering with the Oklahoma State Department of Education to support the use of NICs in the state’s Champions of Excellence program.

Goals

  • Build state capacity for implementing content-area NICs at the district level to test and scale up effective and innovative practices that address a well-rounded education, safe and healthy schools, and technology.
  • Increase state and district understanding of improvement science and the use of data for improvement in an educational setting.
Marshal Conley, Partnership Facilitator Victoria Cirks, Partnership Research Lead Kirk Walters, Partnership Senior Advisor
Partnership Facilitator Partnership Research Lead Partnership Senior Advisor
Marshal Conley Victoria Cirks Kirk Walters
mconley@air.org vcirks@air.org kwalters@air.org

Partners

  • Megan Cannon, Director of Science and Engineering Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Brenda Chapman, Director of Social Studies Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Desa Dawson, Director of World Languages Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Robbyn Glinsmann, Director of Elementary Mathematics Education, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Cindy Koss, Deputy Superintendent for Academic Affairs and Planning, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Tiffany Neill, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Savannah Owen, Executive Director, Dual Language Education of New Mexico, New Mexico
  • Levi Patrick, Assistant Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Oklahoma State Department of Education
  • Timmie Spangler, Director of Instructional Materials and Library, Oklahoma State Department of Education

Training, Coaching, and Technical Support Projects

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Applied Research Studies

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