Improvement Science in Education and Beyond Series
Teaching Improvement Science in Educational Leadership
A Pedagogical Guide
Published: March 2021
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A 2022 SPE Outstanding Book Honorable Mention

Teaching Improvement Science in Educational Leadership: A Pedagogical Guide
presents the reader with a range of pedagogies from a variety of viewpoints and approaches. The book provides a holistic picture for how one might develop stakeholder competency and capacity with improvement science as a signature problem-solving methodology for educational leaders. And while there are books that provide foundational knowledge on the field of improvement science (including the list of titles from Myers Education Press), this book differs in that it presents varying approaches for teaching others about improvement science. For those who want to develop the methodology but who need resources, the book provides the illustrations, examples, and other concrete applications so that those involved in teaching the subject matter can connect foundational knowledge of improvement to the applied context. This book serves as the guide for education leaders who wish to have the know-how for developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions relative to the field of improvement science—the education leader’s signature problem-solving methodology.

To learn more about Improvement Science and see our full list of books in this area, please click through to the Myers Education Press Improvement Science website.

Perfect for courses such as: Introduction to Improvement Science | Educational Research for Administrators | Introduction to Program Evaluation | Action Research for School Practitioners | Educational Research | School Improvement | Teacher Leadership

Table of Contents:



The Need for Curating a Repertoire of Improvement Science Pedagogies 
Dean T. Spaulding, Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford, & Robert Crow

Chapter 1
A Pedagogy for Introducing the Improvement Science Method: The Personal Improvement Project
Robert Crow

Chapter 2
Who Is Involved? Who Is Impacted? Teaching Improvement Science for Educational Justice
Brandi Nicole Hinnant-Crawford, Ricardo Nazario y Colón, & Tacquice Wiggan Davis

Chapter 3
Finding Problems, Asking Questions, and Implementing Solutions: Improvement Science and the EdD
Jill Alexa Perry & Debby Zambo

Chapter 4
Teaching the Design of Plan-Do-Study-Act Cycles Using Improvement Cases
Chad R. Lochmiller

Chapter 5
Embedding Improvement Science in One Principal Licensure Course: Principal Leadership for Equity and Inclusion
Susan P. Carlile & Deborah S. Peterson

Chapter 6
Embedding Improvement Science in Principal Leadership Licensure Courses: Program Designs
Deborah S. Peterson, Susan P. Carlile, Maria Eugenia Olivar, & Cassandra Thonstad

Chapter 7
The Essential Role of Context in Learning to Launch an Improvement Network
Emma Parkerson, Kelly McMahon, & Barbara Shreve

Chapter 8
From Learning to Leading: Teaching Leaders to Apply Improvement Science Through a School–University Partnership
Segun C. Eubanks, Margaret McLaughlin, Jean L. Snell, & Charoscar Coleman

Chapter 9
Empowering Incremental Change Within a Complex System: How to Support Educators to Integrate Improvement Science Principles Across Organizational Levels
Jacqueline Hawkins & Monica Martens

Chapter 10
Aligning Values, Goals, and Processes to Achieve Results
Ryan Carpenter & Kathleen Oropallo

Chapter 11
Toward a Scholarship of Teaching Improvement: Five Considerations to Advance Pedagogy
LaRena Heath, Barbara Shreve, Louis M. Gomez, & Paul G. LeMahieu

About the Authors


NOTE: Table of contents subject to change up until publication date.

Reviews & Endorsements:

“Though other books and publications exist that present and discuss improvement science (many of which are cited throughout the series), the Improvement Science in Education series exhibits the most comprehensive coverage of improvement science currently available. Crow, Hinnant-Crawford, and Spaulding have curated a collection of books that showcases the breadth and depth of improvement science appealing to a variety of audiences, regardless of backgrounds, expertise, and readiness levels. . . Certainly, improvement science is a challenging undertaking, but this series empowers those ready and willing to try.”

Review by Christopher Benedetti for Impacting Education: Journal on Transforming Professional Practice, Vol. 8 No. 3 (2023)

Teaching Improvement Science in Educational Leadership is an essential pedagogic resource for anyone involved in the preparation and continued professional education of teacher, school, or system leaders. The authors are themselves leaders in the teaching of Improvement Science and in mentoring the application of the improvement principles to redressing racial and class inequities. They share here valuable lessons from their own teaching and improvement efforts.”

Anthony S. Bryk, Immediate past-president, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Author, "Learning to Improve: How America’s Schools Can Get Better at Getting Better"

Teaching Improvement Science in Educational Leadership: A Pedagogical Guide, edited by Spaulding, Crow and Hinnant-Crawford, explores ways to teach Improvement Science. It is the fourth book in Myers Education Press’s Improvement Science in Education Series, wherein—in useful detail—several experts in Improvement Science offer a plethora of strategies to teach Improvement Science in higher education classrooms, in school districts and in professional organizations. For practitioners and scholars who are interested in transforming U.S. education for the better, this book is a critically important tool.”

Kofi Lomotey, Bardo Distinguished Professor in Educational Leadership, Western Carolina University