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3 images of college students. From left to right: 5 students with backpacks waving at the camera, 2 students walking and talking while carrying binders and papers, and 4 students grouped around a laptop with one woman sitting at the keyboard. Everyone is smiling in all the photos.

Creating Joy in Learning: Deming in Education (Part 2)

By Christina Dragonetti / August 31, 2022 / 0 Comments

“Deming helped me not be a victim of the system.”
This is the second of two articles about Deming in education, based on an interview with David P. Langford. In this

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Young children sitting on a carpet in front of a teacher who is reading a book to them.

Joy in Learning: Deming in Education (part 1)

By Christina Dragonetti / August 12, 2022 / 0 Comments

Dr. Deming believed everyone is entitled to joy in work, and extended that to education as well. David P. Langford has worked to implement Deming in schools and education systems around the world, and in this first of two posts about his work, Christina Dragonetti relates how he got started and the impact of introducing the Deming philosophy – based on joy in learning – into classrooms.

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Best Efforts

By Guest Post / June 14, 2021 / 13 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 / 4 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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From Flat to Round: Is Educational Transformation Possible?

By Guest Post / November 3, 2020 / 4 Comments

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 / 11 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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Avoid Doing the Wrong things Righter… But, “By What Method?”

By Guest Post / July 23, 2020 / 1 Comment

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

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The “String” Theory of Systems Management in Schools

By Guest Post / February 20, 2020 / 1 Comment

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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Deming on Management: Education

By Matthew Moss / January 6, 2020 / 0 Comments

How does the Deming approach apply to education? John Hunter provides dozens of online resources to assist you in your quest to improve teaching and learning through Deming.

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Peter Senge on the Creation of a Post-Industrial Theory and Practice of Education

By Bill Bellows / March 26, 2019 / 0 Comments

Peter Senge reflects on efforts to transform education systems across the United States.

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