How can spaces of collective action and a results-focused community remove barriers to student achievement?
Networks for School Improvement (NSIs) are responding to the needs of districts and schools through a pandemic that has both exposed existing inequities and also created new barriers to student achievement. The situation has forced school leaders and teachers into spaces that they have not encountered before with few if any communities of practice and learning structures in place to support their work as they meet the changing needs of their students.
Shift is working the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop an action-oriented, results-focused community that will translate research into impactful processes across the unique contexts of member schools.
This pilot structure, which kicked off in March 2021, will develop Breakthrough Cohorts designed to create a space for NSIs to take collective action around critical approaches to improve outcomes. By supporting NSIs to learn through doing, we will help build the knowledge, skills and practices that will allow them to implement and eventually scale effective programming.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation