Monthly Archives: February 2016

Organization in Education Matters: Network Improvement Communities (NIC) and Improvement Science

By | 2017-10-10T11:24:40+00:00 February 29, 2016|

Drawing from improvement science, the Network Improvement Community Model (NIC) is a relatively new approach that provides a framework for deep, networked problem solving.  For school and district leaders wanting to improve outcomes in a specific area, this model can serve an efficient way to organize participants.  Too often we waste funding, personnel, and other resources toward admirable goals but with a vague understanding of the complexities of the problem.  NICs hone in on a single, specific problem and concentrate the energies of all participants to resolve the problem in a cyclical process that creates immediate and actionable results...

What’s Next for Social-Emotional Learning in Massachusetts

By | 2017-10-10T11:34:10+00:00 February 16, 2016|

Each year, my organization looks at 25 key indicators of student progress in Massachusetts. From kindergarten enrollment to college graduation rates, the Rennie Center’s annual Condition of Education in the Commonwealth data report provides a snapshot of education in Massachusetts, tracking trends in student performance from year to year. Using this data, we are able to highlight areas in need of attention from policymakers...