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Join WestEd at the Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, April 16–18, in San Francisco, California

Carnegie Summit 2019

Join WestEd at the sixth annual Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, April 16–18, 2019, at the San Francisco Marriott Marquis.

This three-day event brings together a diverse and vibrant community of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs, philanthropists, and policymakers dedicated to accelerating improvement in education.

Check out our list of presentations. We hope to see you there.

Strand: Leadership for Improvement

Superintendents’ Reflections on Leading Improvement: Lessons for Leaders

In this session, WestEd’s Matt Navo, and Sacramento City Unified School District Superintendent Jorge Aguilar will share critical lessons about building improvement cultures in their districts.

Navo emphasizes the importance of connecting to why improvement science is important and where it resides in the course of the actions of the organization.

Superintendent Aguilar introduced the guiding principle in which all students are given an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of postsecondary choices from the widest array of options. He provided training about improvement science principles and proposed that learning flow from the central office instructional leadership and principal supervisors to principals to school leadership teams. The plan fell short. He will share his critical lesson learned.

  • Jorge A. Aguilar, Superintendent, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Iris Taylor, Chief Academic Officer, Sacramento City Unified School District
  • Matt Navo, Director of System Transformation, WestEd
  • Ke Wu (moderator), Associate, Networked Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation

Strand: Improvement Science in Practice

Improvement on the Front Lines: Using Learning Huddles to Shift Instruction

Improvement at the classroom level is challenging and complex. And yet, for student outcomes to improve we need teachers at the front lines engaging in reflection and testing change ideas. Join us for a conversation focused on teacher PLCs designed to shift instructional practice. Do a deep dive into the use of discussion protocols or “huddles” as a catalyst for improvement, featuring K-6 literacy-focused examples from Washoe County School District and Baltimore City Public Schools. Engage in an interactive discussion around challenges in supporting teacher inquiry: scaffolding change ideas, developing practical measures, and consolidating learning across classrooms and schools. (Sponsored by WestEd)

  • Kim Austin, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
  • Jarrod Bolte, CEO, Improving Education
  • Sola Takahashi (moderator), Senior Research Associate, WestEd

Poster Sessions

Completing Statway in High School: A Networked Approach to Improving College Access and Math Success (Focus Area: Higher Education)

The Higher Aims Improvement Network is a California-based effort to improve college degree attainment by strengthening high school-community college dual-enrollment partnerships.

In its first two years, the network has focused on helping high school students enroll in and successfully complete the Carnegie Math Pathways Statway course. (Sponsored by WestEd)

  • Karen Miles, California Partnership Director, Higher Aims/Carnegie Math Pathways, WestEd
  • Alicia Bowman, Improvement Specialist, WestEd
  • Kate Hirschboeck, Improvement Specialist, WestEd
  • Corey Donahue, Improvement Specialist, WestEd

A Next Generation Approach to Professional Learning Communities: Visibly Improving Teaching and Learning Through Collaboration (Focus Area: Instruction & Assessment)

Visibly Improving Teaching and Learning (VITAL) through Collaboration is a four-part process used to collectively improve teaching and learning across an entire school system. The poster, presented by WestEd’s Robert Rosenfeld, describes how school leaders and teachers engage in the process as an essential component of any strategic plan for improvement.


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April 16–18th, 2019


San Francisco Marriott Marquis


Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching


Administrators, Researchers, Teacher Educators, Teachers, Policymakers