Using Improvement Science Approaches to Inform Instructional Decision Making

Wednesday, November 8, 2023
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511

This session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation.


Improvement science is a dynamic, methodological approach to problem-solving, based on the idea that the performance of some 'system' is a result of its design and operation, not simply a result of individuals' efforts within that system. An improvement science approach can be used to study and improve instructional methods, courses, programs, and processes, among many other contexts. This workshop will introduce participants to the improvement science model and principles, and approaches to improvement will be presented and participants will learn examples of improvement strategies they can begin to use to start to 'get better at getting better' (Bryk et al., 2015).


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Kathleen M.W. Cunningham
Assistant Professor
Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry
College of Education

Kathleen M.W. Cunningham, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Learning Design, and Inquiry in the College of Education. She received her doctorate in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies from the University of Iowa. Her research centers on educational leadership and includes the areas of leadership preparation, improvement science, program evaluation, and the intersection of science education with policy and leadership. Cunningham has designed and carried out professional learning on improvement science. She has publications in journals in the field of educational research, has presented in U.S. and international conferences, and has co-authored two books. In 2023, she was the recipient of the Early Career Teaching Award in the College of Education.