Continuous improvement is a powerful engine for equity

By Karen Zeribi, Shay Bluemer Miroite, Cori Davis, Theresa Todd, Erin Moore, Vivian Mihalakis and Tanya Johnson
February 2022
Inequities in education, health care, and other social services are often rooted in systemic challenges that organizations must work together to address. Working together requires accessible methods for organizations — including schools and school districts — to collaborate, develop shared goals, and coordinate efforts to drive systemic change. Continuous improvement offers a tried-and-true framework for organizational change and transformation. When paired with the power of networks to distribute leadership and spread change throughout and among organizations, continuous improvement becomes a powerful engine to drive systems improvement at scale. Yet, if not done with a focus on advancing equity, improvement efforts risk reproducing or exacerbating inequities instead of eliminating them. In response to this need, Shift, an organization committed to addressing society’s most pressing inequities through

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Karen Zeribi ( is founder and CEO of Shift.

Shay Bluemer Miroite ( is director of improvement advising for Shift.

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Cori Davis ( is an improvement advisor for Shift.

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Theresa Todd ( is an improvement advisor at Shift.

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Erin Moore ( is director of operations at Shift.

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Vivian Mihalakis is senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Tanya Johnson ( is founder & CEO of Impact Strategy Group.

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