Improvement in Action

Improvement in Action Advancing Quality in America’s Schools

Anthony S. Bryk
paper, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: July 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-499-1
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cloth, 256 Pages
Pub. Date: July 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-500-4
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Pub. Date: July 2020
ISBN-13: 978-1-68253-501-1

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Improvement in Action, Anthony S. Bryk’s sequel to Learning to Improve, illustrates how educators have effectively applied the six core principles of continuous improvement in practice. The book highlights relevant examples of rigorous, high-quality improvement work in districts, schools, and professional development networks across the country.


A must-read for educators who aim to put the principles for continuous improvement into action, transforming their organizations in the process. The six diverse case studies of successful improvement efforts provide vivid images of what it means to live the improvement principles. Taken together, the cases offer concrete, actionable insights into the core aspects of improvement work that can inform readers’ pursuit of ambitious improvement goals. — Paul Cobb, research professor, Vanderbilt University

In Learning to Improve, Anthony Bryk boldly challenged educators to adopt and adapt modern, scientifically grounded principles of improvement. Now, in Improvement in Action, he offers six textured case studies that bring the theory to life in ways invaluable for anyone who wishes to accelerate toward profoundly better educational systems. In this, Bryk extends his legacy as one of the most important education change agents of his generation. — Donald M. Berwick, president emeritus and senior fellow, Institute for Healthcare Improvement

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About the Author

Anthony S. Bryk is the ninth president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, where he is leading work on transforming educational research and development, more closely joining researchers and practitioners to improve teaching and learning. From 2004 until 2008, he held the Spencer Chair in Organizational Studies in the School of Education and the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University. He came to Stanford from the University of Chicago, where he was the Marshall Field IV Professor of Urban Education in the sociology department and where he helped found the Center for Urban School Improvement and the Consortium on Chicago School Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Bryk is one of America’s most noted educational researchers. His 1993 book, Catholic Schools and the Common Good, is a classic in the sociology of education. His deep interest in bringing scholarship to bear on improving schooling is reflected in his later volumes Trust in Schools (2002) and Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago (2010). In Learning to Improve (2015), Bryk argues that improvement science combined with the power of networks offers the field a new approach to reach ever-increasing educational aspirations.