EDUC 6844

Internship: Practicum in Improvement Science

Students implement the Improvement Science inquiry process within their unique school context. Through independent work in a setting of their choice, student “Improvers” will conduct cycles of inquiry to identify problems of importance and refine solutions that work for different contexts. Independently, candidates will utilize the logic, processes, and tools of improvement science as they lead implementation in their schools and consult with their peer network. This class provides students significant opportunities for substantial, sustained, standards-based work in their workplace setting, planned and guided cooperatively by GW and school district personnel for graduate credit. The practicum is 85 hours of demonstrated application of knowledge and skills in Improvement Science, including tool usage, the inquiry processes, and training opportunities within their own educational setting.


Learning Outcomes

This course fulfills a number of professional standards, specifically:
The Teacher Leader Model Standards put forth by the Teacher Leadership Exploratory Consortium, specifically related to TLM Standards: Domains I(a), I(b), I(c), I(d), I(e), II(a), II(b), II(d), III(a), III(c), III(d),III(e), IV(a), IV(b), IV(c), IV(d), IV(e), IV(f), V(a), V(b), V(c), V(d), VI(a), VI(b), VI(c), VI(d), VII(a), VII(b) and VII(c).

The Professional Standards for Educational Leaders put forth by the National Policy Board for Educational Administration Standards: 1.b, 1.c, 1.d, 2.a, 2.b, 2.c 2.e, 3.a, 3.b, 3.c, 3.f, 4.c, 4.d, 6.c, 6.d, 6.e, 7.a, 7.b.

  • Candidates demonstrate how to utilize group processes to help colleagues’ work collaboratively to solve problems, make decisions, manage conflict and promote meaningful change through Improvement Science. (TLMS Domain Ia)
  • Candidates work with colleagues to collect, analyze, and disseminate data related to the quality of professional learning and its effect on teaching and student learning through the Improvement Science processes. (TLMS Domain, IIIa)
  • Technology Objective: Candidate’s identifies and uses appropriate technologies to promote collaborative and differentiated professional learning in Improvement Science, communicate with instructor/or colleagues through Blackboard as well as access course/materials, upload assignments and research. (TLMS Domain IIId)
  • Diversity Objective: Candidates’ use knowledge and understanding of the different backgrounds, ethnicities, cultures, and languages in the school community to promote effective interactions among colleagues, families, and larger community, as they strive for equity of educational opportunities and culturally responsive practices as they incorporate Improvement Science principles in this 85 hour practicum. (TLMS Domain VI; PSEL Standard 3)
  • Candidates focus on the development of the balance of performance, learning, and accountability as they:
    • Define their leadership roles in Improvement Science


Area: Educational Leadership