ASQ Quality Education Conference & Workshop: Enhancing Education through Innovation & Continuous Improvement

ASQ Quality Education Conference & Workshop: Enhancing Education through Innovation & Continuous Improvement

For Immediate Release

Milwaukee, Wis., Sept. 1, 2015 — Across the globe, educators and quality professionals are under more pressure than ever to achieve results for students at all levels. 

Sharing approaches for maintaining quality in education processes and developing innovative, performance-driven thinkers is the aim of the ASQ Quality Education Conference and Workshop to be held Nov. 14 – 16, at the Westin Houstin Memorial City in Houston, Texas.

Previously known as National Quality Education Conference, the conference has been rebranded by the ASQ Education Division to reach global educators and professionals with an expanded focus on K-12, higher education, workforce development and science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM. This year’s theme is Enhancing Performance in Education through Innovation and Continuous Improvement.

“We believe a strong educational foundation is crucial and are excited to join forces with teachers, practitioners, trainers and other professionals to offer innovative approaches to bring quality into every classroom,” said Norma Simons, QECW conference chair.

The conference features the following keynote speakers:

  • Mary Ellen Weber, Ph.D. - former NASA Astronaut and veteran of two spaceflights, including STS-101 in 2000, a Space Station construction mission, and STS-70 in 1995, a satellite deploy mission.  Weber consults in strategic communications and on strategies for high-stakes operations.
  • Richard M. Felder, Ph.D. — Hoechst Celanese Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering at North Carolina State University. Author of more than 300 papers and regular presenter on science and engineering education throughout the United States and abroad.
  • Jim Shipley — Educator with more than 20 years of administrative experience. He served as executive director of the Pinellas County Quality Academy and was responsible for the implementation and use of the Malcolm Baldrige Criteria in 155 school sites and with all district-level administration and supporting services departments.
  • Anna M. Lewis — Award-winning toy inventor, author, and creativity advocate. Author of Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers (Chicago Review Press 2014).
  • Andrew D. Watson — Fellow of the Surdna Foundation and the recipient of the 2015 Art Education Technology Outstanding Teacher Award from the National Art Education Association. He will discuss the application of quality to workforce development.

Program Highlights

Educators, professionals and students can take part in any of the 36 concurrent sessions and six half-day workshops. Session topics include:

  • 7 Steps to Successful School Turnaround — Presenter: James Davis, Ph.D.
  • The Agile Leader: Developing Competencies for a Collaborative Workforce  —  Presenters: Jan Means and Chris Garrison
  • Effectiveness of Innovative Instructional Methods  Presenters: Jami Kovach, Ph.D. and Stravani Korpol
  • Enhancing the Environment for Minorities in STEM — Presenter: Terry Showers, Ed.D.
  • Beyond Six Sigma and Baldrige: Systemic Improvement Presenters: Walter A. Garrett, Jr., and Martha Ann Garrett, M.Ed.

     “Our program is designed to provide diverse sessions for anyone who wants to learn from the experiences of others, form strategies using basic quality tools and principles, and apply continuous improvement methods to improve their education processes,” said Belinda Chavez, ASQ Education Division Chair. “We look forward to helping attendees reach higher levels of performance that lead to growth and success in our schools and communities.”

About ASQ

ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share the ideas and tools that make our world work better. With millions of individual and organizational members of the community in 150 countries, ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming the world’s corporations, organizations and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges. ASQ is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., with national service centers in China, India, Mexico and a regional service center in the United Arab Emirates. Learn more about ASQ’s members, mission, technologies and training at



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