Current Training Options

Click on a course below to be directed to the training registration. With the exception of the annual conference, each course is offered multiple times throughout the year. All classes are free for Spartanburg County residents, educators, community organizations!

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Overview of the history, launch, and work of the Wardlaw Institute.

Cradle To Career (C2C) Experience

Suitable for community, educator, civic, church, student and neighborhood groups, board meetings, and philanthropy boards, the C2C Experience personally connects participants to equity issues lying at the heart of Spartanburg County education. Participants learn about factors impacting success along the C2C continuum, opportunities for community engagement, and impact of strategic resource alignment. Time commitment: 1 hour and 30 minutes

  • Requires a group of 15 or more

    For those wishing to participate without reserving a group event, or perhaps wishing to participate before booking for your group, the Experience is offered for open community participation several times a year.


Nonprofit leaders share how CI works in their organizations, highlighting specific projects and the perspective of multiple agencies getting better, together, for increased community-wide impact.

Continuous Improvement 101 for community, nonprofit, civic agency and educational leaders, provides an understanding of the basic principles of continuous improvement science and how they integrate into your unique environment and programs. Priority is given to the staff of local nonprofits, schools, community members, agencies, and groups with programs seeking to provide support for positive outcomes for children.

  • Time Commitment: 1 Day


How teachers use CI in the classroom, examples of impact

Continuous Improvement 101 for Educators guides teachers through standards-based goal setting as well as data visualization and analysis to track students’ learning and guide modifications in teaching. CI places the monitoring of success into the hands of students, and helps teachers connect their innate ability to adjust practices in response to that learning. Learning standards come to life for students and teachers using “plan-do-study-act” (PDSA) improvement cycles.

CI 101 participants come from multiple grade levels, teaching positions, and school environments. They return to their classrooms with renewed capacity to achieve the impact that inspired them to teach

  • Time Commitment: 1 Day


CI 102 Tools

(Prerequisite: CI 101 for Educators or CI 101 for Leaders) This coaching session takes project based practice in CI to the next level and includes deeper training in CI Science including data analysis, visualization and decision making tools. This course is appropriate for teachers and staff of local nonprofits and community agencies.

  • Time Commitment: 1 Day


Nonprofit leaders share how CI works in their organizations, highlighting specific projects and the perspective of multiple agencies getting better, together, for increased community-wide impact.

Continuous Improvement (CI) Leadership Training is designed to support leaders interested in developing and strengthening leadership capabilities critical for outcomes-focused work supported by evidence-based decision making.  The course includes focused classroom training, and one-on-one coaching and support to provide an in-depth understanding of the Science of Improvement through practical experience applying change management, equity, and adaptive leadership principles to a work-specific project.  For those interested in the use of CI processes as a part of school, organization, or agency-wide practice, this leadership training provides a project-based foundation.. Attendees for this training should be leaders in their own organization with the authority and capacity to lead others in adopting the CI operation model. Time Commitment: 5 full day sessions over the course of six months.

  • Time Commitment: 5 full day sessions over the course of six months


Supplemental Coaching

Coaching sessions are available to support course completers as they continue their project based implementation of CI strategies. These sessions can be scheduled on an individual basis or for team project sessions.

  • Time commitment varies by need


ANNUAL CONFERENCE

SAM and the Institute host an annual conference to share best practices and learnings by Institute participants and leaders to support building the network of CI users and promote the “CI culture” across Spartanburg county for all who have the potential to improve outcomes for children.