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Presentation: 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
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Presentation Title: Joy in Learning: A Case Study in the Science of Improvement
Presentation: When we as educational leaders are confronted with a problem, we typically assemble a school or district team to attempt to improve it. The team relies on the expertise they’ve acquired across their careers as classroom teachers, building administrators, and district level leaders. Let’s call this subject matter-knowledge. It includes skills like data-driven instruction, curriculum planning, and leading professional development, among many other activities. Subject-matter knowledge is critical for developing changes that result in improvement, but this type of knowledge alone is insufficient.
W. Edwards Deming proposed a body of knowledge he called a “System of Profound Knowledge.” Deming defined the System of Profound Knowledge as the interconnection of the theories of systems, variation, knowledge, and psychology. The ability to improve schools is enhanced when we join together subject-matter knowledge and profound knowledge in innovative ways. In this session, participants will learn how to apply the science of improvement, the joining of subject-matter and profound knowledge, to their own classrooms and schools.
Chief Learning Officer
John A. Dues is an accomplished education systems leader and improvement science scholar-practitioner with more than two decades of experience in the sector. He is the Chief Learning Officer of the United Schools Network (USN) where he directs the network’s Continual Improvement Fellowship and serves as an improvement advisor. In this role, he provides education, coaching, and mentoring on continual improvement methods, data collection and analysis methods, and project management and change management techniques with the purpose of enabling teams across the organization to become experts at guiding their own improvement. He draws heavily on the work of W. Edwards Deming and his System of Profound Knowledge (SoPK) to equip him with the theory and statistical tools by which to perform this role. John graduated with Honors from Miami (OH) University, holds a Master of Education degree from the University of Cincinnati, and is an alumnus of Teach For America. He is currently continuing his education through the Improvement Advisor program at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in Boston, Massachusetts.