NEWESD Improvement Science 101 for Teams, Spring 2022

NEWESD Improvement Science 101 for Teams, Spring 2022

a structured approach to improving your systems & practices

Wed, March 9 3:00 PM - Wed, June 15 2022 5:00 PM


  • Stephen Schreiner
  • Dianna Harrington
  • Jaime Taylor
  • Jennifer Ireland


Offered Spring 2022 (March 9 - June 15).  Gathering Wednesdays at 3pm; alternating weekly between 2-hour trainings and 1-hour meetups.

How can we increase student engagement?

How can we better communicate with our families and community partners?

How can we streamline district practices (hiring, bussing, food service, etc.)?

How can we improve instruction to more effectively meet the needs of ALL learners?

This is a moment to reflect on our practices and to revise our systems. Beginning in February, a team of Improvement Science Facilitators at NEWESD 101 will launch a series of Zoom-based trainings that will help you and your colleagues see your structures, identify opportunities for change, design new practices, and measure impact.

Improvement Science is a disciplined approach to learning that leverages the contributions of everyone, redesigns systems, produces better results, and focuses on continued improvement.  It emphasizes deliberate, guided conversation informed by data. At its heart, it asks three key questions:

  • What specifically are we trying to accomplish?
  • What changes might we introduce?
  • How will we know if a change is an improvement?

Your team will learn to use Improvement Science tools across a series of seven 2-hour trainings. After each guided session, your team will work independently to make decisions and complete action steps in advance of the next session. Improvement Science focuses on learning by doing. This training series will provide an opportunity to do the work and build your skills as you build your change ideas.

Assembling your team

We encourage you to identify Improvement Teams that will guide your approach to system improvement. The ideal learning teams will be composed of staff who put plans into practice. We recommend 3-7 people per team; our Zoom breakout sessions will be team-specific so be sure to choose members who can reliably attend and participate. You are welcome to identify multiple teams per district. Team makeups might include:

  • grade level teams plus relevant specialists (i.e. 3rd grade teachers, plus SpEd, PE, Art)
  • building leadership plus department chairs, TOSAs, and/or instructional coaches
  • cross-district staff focusing on a systemwide approach
  • multi-grade vertical teams and curriculum specialists

What you'll learn

Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets

You'll learn how to investigate systems, identify opportunities for improvement, and use core improvement principles.

We cannot improve at scale what we cannot measure

You'll learn how to create a balanced system of measurement to monitor improvement across your school or district.

Improvement demands disciplined inquiry

You'll learn how to conduct small tests of change and determine whether those changes should be deployed at scale.

When you'll learn it

Improvement teams will meet for guided exploration from 3pm-5pm on each date below; calendar invites with embedded Zoom links will be provided upon registration.

  • Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022
  • Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • Wednesday, April 27, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 25, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Your team will also meet independently between each formal session; our suggestion is that you meet from 3pm-4pm on the alternating Wednesdays below.

  • Wednesday, March 16, 2022
  • Wednesday, March 30, 2022
  • Wednesday, April 6, 2022 (optional)
  • Wednesday, April 20, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2022
  • Wednesday, May 18, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 1, 2022
  • Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Your team might additionally meet weekly for a 30-minute check-in/sharing session in addition to the dates above.  Consider calendaring those additional meeting dates might meet the day after each formal session so that your team can discuss concepts in more depth, or the day prior to each formal session in order to wrap up each action period.  Remember, the conversations you have with your team are where the work gets done.

Costs and Clock Hours

The fee to participate is $100/person, which covers formal training on each of the seven dates listed above.

Up to 14 clock hours will be available, pending approval, for an additional cost of up to $42.


  • Wed, March 9 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, March 23 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, April 13 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, April 27 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, May 11 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, May 25 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Wed, June 15 2022
    3:00 PM - 5:00 PM


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Professional Hours

Clock Hour Number: 2122-0001
14.00 Clock Hours $42.00