IFL fellows collaborate with teachers and leaders in schools on continuous improvement projects. These projects identify content-based problems of practice, determine their root causes, define goals and a theory of action to address the goals. Through the course of the rapid inquiry cycles, participants develop interventions and collect data to assess those interventions. In addition to these professional development projects, IFL fellows coach and support math and ELA teachers in multiple disciplined inquiry cycles that evolve from collaboratively identified goals and problems of practice. IFL is currently developing ELA and math coach certification that is embedded in improvement science principles and routines.
In short, continuous improvement is a process in which fellows collaborate with district partners to define a problem of practice, speculate as best as possible about its root cause, develop a theory of action, and then test interventions in rapid inquiry cycles with relevant data to see if the changes are improvements. Participants learn from the cycle and take what they have learned into the next inquiry cycle. And the process continues.