Our support for schools and districts can be delivered through one of three models: Intensive, Transformation Network, and Problem of Practice Network. Below, we describe the Problem of Practice Network model.
Schools and districts often face many of the same seemingly intractable challenges. At Partners, we believe that by bringing committed educators together to practice improvement science collaboratively, even our hardest educational problems can be solved. Our Problem of Practice Networks help school teams build capacity to solve a locally identified, persistent, shared challenge. For example, we support educators as they address early literacy, instructional leadership, or middle school math. A Problem of Practice Network includes monthly network meetings and strategic, just-in-time follow-up support. In the process of tackling a major challenge, participants learn Partners’ methods so that they can apply them to other issues as well.
We recently implemented this model in Las Vegas. Participating educators increased their capacity in several areas, including using data to drive instructional and organization decision-making. They also created a series of 30-day plans to track and support progress toward annual goals.