Center for Research on Equity and Innovation
The Center for Research on Equity and Innovation brings together practitioners, researchers and youth to address complex problems of practice in K-12 education and create more equitable, engaging learning environments for all students. We use improvement science, design thinking and appreciative inquiry to support networks of educators in disrupting predictable patterns of success and failure, redesigning the systems/practices that perpetuate them, and learning from each other. Whether you join one of our networked improvement communities, attend one of our institutes, or simply use our tools, our goal is to support schools in building a culture of continuous improvement, while making measurable progress on the issues you care about most.
“The Improvement Science conference was the best PD I have ever attended and we have already started using our learning to push for actionable measures for our Aim. I find it difficult to find quality PD and this experience was it.”
-Marty Lessmann, Project-Based Learning and Math Integration Coordinator Denver Public Schools
“Unlike the traditional approach to school improvement which is often top-down, long-winded, and difficult to measure, our team learned to engage in short 2-3 week inquiry cycles during which administrators, teachers and support staff collaborated to create small, measurable, and incremental goals that were high leverage with our students and our teachers.”
–Brianna Winn, Director of City Arts and Technology High School
“The process we learned from CREI really works! I feel armed to support others to make meaningful change through small, innovative ideas that help us learn fast.”
-Emma Batten-Bowman, Assistant Principal, Rudsdale Newcomer High School in Oakland Unified SD
“Through engaging in some of the improvement science tools and processes, our team identified areas where we could use our collective resources differently to more effectively increase attendance and reduce chronic absenteeism. As a result, there was an average increase in attendance by ten percent across our schools.”
–Lucia Moritz, Executive Director of Alternative Education, Oakland Unified School District
“Being part of the Math Agency NIC has hugely improved my practice as a teacher. I appreciate working with like-minded educators to exchange and improve tools, and the focus on status in the classroom has helped me think more explicitly about my students’ actual and perceived status, and specific ways that I can affect change in my students’ thinking.”
–Kathryn Pond, Teacher, High Tech Middle
CREI facilitates personalized residencies based on the interests and needs of your school. All workshops are interactive, model progressive teaching practices, and employ a variety of tools that teams can use to guide improvement work in their own contexts.
During our highly interactive two day institute offered January 11th and 12th, participants will explore tools for embedding improvement work into existing professional development structures and creating a culture of continuous improvement.
We’ve developed a range of protocols to guide collaborative improvement work, and captured sets of “high leverage” change ideas that have led to improvement. Why start from scratch when you can start here?