Networks for School Improvement Year 2 Update
On November 19, 2020, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation hosted Networks for School Improvement Year 2 Update: Emerging lessons from NSI partners and how we can continue to improve. In this virtual event, education leaders discussed early lessons learned and best practices highlighted in a report from The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University.
Our grantmaking in our Networks for School Improvement portfolio is currently focused on the following priorities.
Build Capacity of the Current Investments
Our priority is to support the current NSI to meet the needs of their students and schools in this incredibly challenging time, as they work to improve on-track outcomes and build sustainable networked continuous improvement capacities in their schools and systems. The NSI Community of Practice, which brings together networks to learn with and from each other, is currently focused on providing additional support and resources relating to understanding student need and engaging student voice, centering equity, building more effective knowledge-management systems, and ways to engage systems leaders in the improvement work.
Continue to Learn
We are dedicated to deep, rigorous learning and sharing about this work. We want to make sure schools are getting the support they need right now, and to learn under what conditions school-based teams successfully work together as a network to apply the tenets of continuous improvement to boost on-track student outcomes for students, how data systems can be reoriented to support rapid-cycle classroom and school level improvement, and what capacities intermediaries need to be successful.
Share Resources and Build the Field
The NSI are developing a collection of powerful and useful resources, and we will support them to continue to generate public goods and assets to share with the field. We are also deepening partnerships with organizations to develop resources for post-Covid recovery work in schools, along with more equity-focused tools and other supports.