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  • Action – Collaborate with other institutions and partnerships to address shared problems
  • Learning – Participate in improvement professional development and coaching
  • Connection – Build relationships with improvement and equity-focused colleagues across the country

The National Center membership fee is $2,500 per year for an Improvement Team of up to 5 individuals and a commitment for 2 years. Improvement teams commit to a shared purpose and a set of specific performance goals, have diverse roles and complementary skills, use improvement science tools and methods as a common approach to tackle problems, and hold themselves accountable to advance their team’s learning & goals.

The National Center will employ a nested communities model that specifies two levels of engagement:

Tier 1 (Learning Community): All members of the National Center will be part of the broader Learning Community. Learning Community members will:

  • be invited to participate in all convenings, networking opportunities, and professional development trainings;
  • receive improvement coaching and thought partnership from National Center staff;
  • be informed about the key learnings of the Breakthrough Collaborative

Tier 2 (Breakthrough Collaborative):

Breakthrough collaborative members are no longer being accepted at this time.

Breakthrough Collaboratives last between 6-12 months and are limited to 50 participants. Breakthrough Collaborative members commit to:

  • participating in a screening, onboarding. and offboarding process with National Center staff;
  • solving an identified problem (e.g., chronic absenteeism) using a common theory of improvement and action;
  • engage in sustained interaction with other members including participating in all convenings, professional development trainings, and check-in calls with their improvement coach;
  • completing all action-period tasks including conducting, collecting, and sharing data from their iterative tests of change at their institution; and
  • contributing to and co-developing a change package – a documented set of evidence-based practices, strategies, and interventions that have shown to bring about desired improvements
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