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WestEd at the 2020 Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education

Carnegie Foundation Summit

Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education’s 2020 in-person annual meeting has been canceled due increasing health concerns regarding the coronavirus (COVID-19). Instead, the Carnegie Foundation Summit is shifting to a virtual meeting. For more information, see our list of virtual activities below and read Carnegie’s Update on Virtual Summit and Registrations.

WestEd is also planning to offer virtual meetings, webinars, and resources. Please check back with us for more details.

Join WestEd virtually at the seventh annual Carnegie Foundation Summit on Improvement in Education, April 1–3, 2020.

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, and we also hope you’ll join the live conversation by following @WestEd on Twitter and tagging your insights from the conference with #CarnegieSummit2020!

Presentations & Poster Sessions

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Presentation: Learn How Leaders From Menomonee Falls and Sanger Create Conditions for Continuous Improvement
Strand: Leadership for Improvement
Areas of Focus: Improvement Capability
Set & Time: Set E | 8:30 –10:00am
Description: This session will offer insights from research and practice regarding how district leaders can effectively navigate continuous improvement by focusing in on the key mental models, behaviors, and organizational shifts that drive success. Participants will also have an opportunity to reflect on their own leadership practice and identify strengths and opportunities in their contexts.
Presenters:

  • Matthew Navo, Director, Systems Transformation, Center for Prevention & Early Intervention, WestEd
  • Christina Dixon, Improvement Advisor, Carnegie Foundation
  • Corey Golla, Superintendent of Schools, School District of Menomonee Falls
  • Patricia Greco, Superintendent Emeritus, School District of Menomonee Falls; Senior Director of Thought Leadership, Studer Group
  • Adela Madrigal Jones, Superintendent, Sanger Unified School District

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Presentation: Leveraging Continuous Improvement Methods for an Equitable Educational System
Strand: Improvement Science in Practice
Areas of Focus: Equity & Achievement Gaps, Improvement Capability
Set & Time: Set C | 10:30 – 12:00 pm
Description: This session explores how diverse stakeholders are working to leverage continuous improvement methods to dismantle systematic inequities. With the shared goal of making the nation’s school systems more responsive to student needs, presenters will share lived experiences and insights.
Presenters:

  • Alicia Bowman, Improvement Specialist, WestEd
  • Matthew Navo, Director, Systems Transformation, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, WestEd
  • Amber Valdez, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
  • Sola Takahashi, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Victor Cary, Senior Director of Organizational Learning & People Development, National Equity Project
  • Kyla Johnson-Trammell, Superintendent, Oakland Unified School District
  • Jaguanana Lathan, Executive Director, Equity, San Diego County Office of Education

Presentation: Common Outcome Measures to Help Math in Common Districts Learn and Improve Together
Strand: Improvement Networks in Practice
Areas of Focus: Data & Measurement, Improvement Capability, Instruction & Assessment
Set & Time: Set A | 12:30 – 2:00 pm
Description: What helps school districts learn from each other about how to improve mathematics instruction? Math in Common—an initiative supporting 10 diverse California school districts in their implementation of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics across grades K–8—identified two important factors in answering this question. Math in Common and partners will share their strategies and lessons learned about using student outcome data for improvement.
Presenters:

Presentation: Networked Improvement Communities (NICs) Changing Outcomes for Students with Disabilities (Canceled)
Strand: Improvement Networks in Practice
Areas of Focus: Improvement Capability, Spread & Scale
Set & Time: Set B | 10:05 – 11:20 am
Description: Stakeholders from the networked improvement communities, Denver Public Schools and California’s Central Valley Special Education Learning Collaborative, will explore how teams educators, district specialists, and improvement science facilitators successfully came together to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.
Presenters:

  • Matthew Navo, Director, Systems Transformation, Center for Prevention and Early Intervention, WestEd
  • Nicole Cooper-White, Senior Team Lead, Montclair School of Academics and Enrichment, Denver Public Schools
  • Sandra Lochhead, Senior Manager, Innovation and Improvement, Denver Public Schools
  • Annie Sharp, Director of Differentiated Assistance, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools
  • Simone Palmer (moderator), Associate, Networked Improvement Science, Carnegie Foundation

Presentation: Making Teaching Visible: Improving Practice by Improving Key Instructional Processes (Canceled)
Strand: Improvement Science in Practice
Areas of Focus: Data & Measurement, Educator Development, Improvement Capability, Instruction & Assessment
Set & Time: Set B | 10:05 –11:20am
Description: Learn about two improvement projects that collaborated with teachers to make literacy instructional processes visible so that teachers could refine and improve their practice. Presenters will share examples of how teachers reduced the variation in instruction across classrooms and school sites.
Presenters:

  • Kim Austin, Senior Program Associate, WestEd
  • Jarrod Bolte, Founder and CEO, Improving Education
  • Erika Stern, Teacher, Baltimore City Public Schools

Friday, April 3, 2020

Presentation: Developing Improvement Science Capabilities to Improve Teacher Preparation Programs
Strand: Improvement Networks in Practice
Areas of Focus: Educator Development, Higher Education
Set & Time: Set A | 8:30 – 10:00 am
Description: Learn about two state-level efforts to create NICs focused on using improvement science methods to improve various outcomes relevant to teacher education programs: (1) California State University System partnership with WestEd and (2) Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation partnership with the Carnegie Foundation. Participants will hear how these unique NICs are being leveraged to improve teacher preparation programs and promote collaborations among programs.
Presenters:

  • Jonathan Dolle, Senior Improvement Specialist, WestEd
  • Paul Tuss, Director, Educator Quality Center
  • Cody Huie, Vice President of Programs, Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
  • Melissa Wetzel, Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Jon Norman (moderator), Associate, Managing Director, Evidence & Analytics, Carnegie Foundation

Presentation: “We Shake Hands at the Door”: How Chula Vista’s Focus on Relationships Is Driving Improvement
Strand: Leadership for Improvement
Areas of Focus: Data & Measurement, Instruction & Assessment
Set & Time: Set F | 10:30 –12:00 pm
Description: Presenters will explore exemplary districts that can serve as models of continuous improvement. There will be an interactive discussion of how successful strategies and shifts in school culture might be applied in other California school districts.
Presenters:

  • Kelsey Krausen, Senior Engagement Manager, WestEd
  • Gloria Ciriza, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Chula Vista Elementary School District
  • Matthew Tessier, Assistant Superintendent of Innovation and Instruction, Chula Vista Elementary School District

Poster Title: The Writing Framework: Advancing Balanced Literacy Through Engagement, Empowerment, and Improvement Science
Description: The Writing Framework provides a powerful approach to improving literacy outcomes by supporting teachers in developing authentic writing performance tasks, collaboratively analyzing writing data, and implementing a targeted instructional response. This poster will showcase research and rationale, methodologies, and preliminary data sets demonstrating student gains in our pilot districts.
Authors:

  • Susan Levenson, School and District Improvement Facilitator, Engagement Services Lead, Comprehensive School Assistance Program, WestEd
  • Robert Rosenfeld, Senior Engagement Manager, Comprehensive School Assistance Program, WestEd

Presentation: Sharing Theories and Measures Across Networks in Teacher Preparation (Canceled)
Strand: Improvement Science in Practice
Areas of Focus: Data & Measurement, Equity & Achievement Gaps
Set & Time: Set F | 12:30 – 1:30pm
Description: This session will bring together networks of teacher preparation programs working on similar problems to share their work with participants, experts, and each other. All participants will have the opportunity to hear reflections from measurement and content experts about what may be gleaned when networks learn from each other about improvement theories and measures.
Presenters:

  • Melissa Eiler White, Senior Research Associate, WestEd
  • Cody Huie, Vice President of Programs, Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation
  • Sarah Kolbe, Educator Preparation Data Scientist, Office of the Chancellor, California State University
  • Paige Ware, Chair, Department of Teaching & Learning, Southern Methodist University
  • Caitlin Wilson, Director of Programs & Professional Learning, American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education
  • Edit Khachatryan (moderator), Improvement Advisor, Carnegie Foundation

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Event Type

Conferences

Date

April 1–3rd, 2020

Location

virtual event

Organizers

Carnegie Foundation

Audience

Administrators, Early Childhood Professionals, Researchers, Teacher Educators