While the LHS Collaboratory is typically focused on learning health, learning systems actually have very broad applicability. Moreover, there has been a strong interest in the Collaboratory from the education community, which is also focused on learning systems. A thought leader in this area, Anthony S. Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, will be speaking about a set of critical observations acquired in the course of his own efforts to improve how large complex educational systems work.
Dr. Bryk’s talk will describe a set of normative challenges that confront us, including ways to shift from pursuing the hot new idea as the silver bullet to continuously improving how core processes and systems in educational institutions work. It is a distinct form of inquiry that values basic research knowledge and rigorous evidence about new programs and interventions, but that also sees efforts aiming to solve problems of practice reliably and at scale as generating its own form of generalizable knowledge. It transforms the core improvement question from “What Works” into “What Works for Whom and under What Set of Context Conditions.”
Attendees of this session will be encouraged to interrogate how accepted ways of working continue to reproduce inequitable outcomes and to recognize that meaningful progress can be achieved on longstanding disparities in outcomes by working in these new ways.
- Donald J. Peurach, PhD Professor, University of Michigan School of Education and Senior Fellow, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
- Elizabeth Birr Moje, PhD Dean, George Herbert Mead Collegiate Professor of Education, and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor School of EducationFaculty Associate in the Institute for Social Research; Latino/a Studies; and the Joint Program in English & Education University of Michigan
- Caren M. Stalburg, MD, MA Collaborative Lead for EducationAssociate Professor of Learning Health Sciences