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2015 Conference Information

The National Center for Scaling Up Effective Schools Second National Conference:

Using Continuous Improvement to Integrate Design, Implementation, and Scale Up

was held in downtown Nashville, Music City, on October 8 and 9, 2015. 

The conference convened a diverse group of researchers, practitioners, and developers to share research about school improvement initiatives that use continuous improvement models to improve schools through innovative and organic design, implementation and scale up. 

Organized around six consecutive sessions, the conference format allowed for in-depth presentation and discussion on topics related to the conference topic including:

  • Role of research in design and scale up
  • Issues in design and development
  • Integrating implementation with continuous improvement
  • Practitioner experiences with continuous improvement implementation
  • New approaches to achieving scale
  • Developing collaborative partnerships

The conference featured two keynotes by distinguished experts in the field of continuous improvement and design-based implementation research:

  • Anthony S. Bryk, President of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • William R. Penuel, Professor of Educational Psychology and Learning Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder

The conference kicked off on October 7 with a welcome reception in the evening hosted by the University of California-Riverside. Funding for the conference was provided by the Institute of Education Sciences, Peabody College of Education and Human Development at Vanderbilt University, Florida State University, and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.







October 7-9, 2015



Music City Center, Nashville, Tennessee