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Organizational Metabolic Health: Understanding Resistance to Change

By Guest Post / August 2, 2021 / 4 Comments

Guest Post by Dr. Doug Stilwell, Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Drake University. Over the past couple of years, I have been informally researching the relationship between the food we eat and our health. Over the course of my learning, I have made a connection with  organizational effectiveness. At first blush, this may seem like quite […]

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Best Efforts

By Guest Post / June 14, 2021 / 6 Comments

Guest Post by Liz Schupp, German Teacher, Waukee High School and Educational Leadership Graduate Student of Dr. Doug Stilwell, Drake University.

Best efforts are essential when they are guided by principles backed in research and focused on continual improvement. When we simply do our best without what Deming refers to as a system of profound knowledge, we aren’t going to make meaningful improvements.

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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 / 4 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 / 4 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 / 10 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 / 7 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 / 38 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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