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The Power of PDSA in Education

By Guest Post / February 2, 2021 / 2 Comments

Guest Post by Amy Ripperger, Instructional Coach, Indianola CSD, Educational Leadership Graduate Student, Drake University. If we want our students to reach their fullest potential, then we, the educators, must work to reach ours. But we have to be careful here, for at the heart of continual improvement lies an acceptance that we won’t ever “arrive.” We must be okay with this. Perfection isn’t the goal, continual improvement is.

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The “Small Jumps” of Change

By Guest Post / January 12, 2021 / 3 Comments

Guest post by Doug Stilwell, Drake University. There are indeed many reasons change efforts fail. But we can avoid one of those reasons by taking “small jumps;” breaking down important change/improvement efforts into manageable and measurable steps so that the daunting size and complexity of initiatives are not the cause of failure.

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I See You

By Guest Post / December 3, 2020 / 3 Comments

Guest Post by Dr. Doug Stilwell, Drake University. During this time of COVID-driven isolation and loneliness, and the accompanying challenges to mental health, finding and operationalizing systematic methods to help people belong and recognize their sense of belonging – even after COVID is over – may be more important than ever for leaders to address.

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From Flat to Round: Is Educational Transformation Possible?

By Guest Post / November 3, 2020 / 1 Comment

In this guest post by Dr. Doug Stilwell, Doug shares a real-life case study of the successful transformation of a classroom and its teacher; a transformation that resulted in improved student engagement, parent satisfaction, and learning outcomes.

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But it Doesn’t Mean Anything

By Guest Post / October 2, 2020 / 8 Comments

In this guest post, Professor Doug Stilwell of Drake University reminds us that data is simply information, and what we really need in order to make good data-driven decisions is knowledge. He outlines various methods that can help educators make better sense of data, resulting in improved decision-making and student outcomes.

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Who’s Got Profound Knowledge?

By Guest Post / September 11, 2020 / 6 Comments

Professor Doug Stilwell of Drake University discusses Dr. Deming’s System of Profound knowledge and its potential to transform our educational system.

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Restoring Joy in Mudville

By Guest Post / July 24, 2020 / 13 Comments

Professor Doug Stilwell of Drake University examines the connection between intrinsic motivation and joy in learning and how the systemic structures in our educational system can hinder it.

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Avoid Doing the Wrong things Righter… But, “By What Method?”

By Guest Post / July 23, 2020 / 0 Comments

Doug Stilwell shares insights into how you can make the “right” decisions for your organization.

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Systemically Non-Systemic: COVID-19 through the Deming Lens

By Guest Post / April 3, 2020 / 1 Comment

Professor Doug Stilwell of Drake University takes a look at what we can learn from – and how we might address – the COVID-19 crisis using the Deming Philosophy.

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The “String” Theory of Systems Management in Schools

By Guest Post / February 20, 2020 / 0 Comments

Does your organization need “re-tuning”? Drs. Doug Stilwell and Randy Peters of Drake University discuss the pitfalls of both over- and under-managing.

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