Education

Best Efforts

By Guest Post / June 14, 2021 / 5 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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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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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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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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Deming on Management: Education

By deming / 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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Impact of Process Tampering on Variation (Experiment)

By Bill Bellows / January 14, 2019 / 0 Comments

What do engineering students learn about variation when they launch a catapult with three different sets of instructions?

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Restoring Joy and Meaning to Learning

By deming / October 15, 2018 / 0 Comments

Guest post by John Hunter, author of Management Matters: Building Enterprise Capability David Langford has taken his experience with applying Deming’s ideas to education to his position as the Superintendent of Ingenium schools in Los Angeles, California. The focus of Ingenium is “restoring joy and meaning to learning.” David talks about how Ingenium schools are […]

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