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School improvement consultant leads UI-sponsored seminar April 25

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A nationally known school improvement consultant will lead a seminar on the concept of systems and school management Friday, April 25 in a day-long session sponsored by the Institute for School Executives (ISE) of the University of Iowa College of Education.

Susan Leddick will be the keynote speaker for the seminar, "How the Pressures for Systemic Change Affect School Executives and What to Do About it, or 'You Want Me to Do What?'" at the Best Western Westfield Inn, Interstate 80 and Highway 965, in Coralville.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. The program begins at 9 and continues until 3 p.m.

The session is open to the public, but a $30 registration fee is required for members of ISE. For non-members, the fee is $60. Department of Education Renewal Unit credit is also available.

The seminar is designed for people who are currently in leadership or administrative roles at the building or district level, people who aspire to such roles, cluster administrative teams from large districts or any administrative team that needs some working time together to consider key leadership issues.

Leddick is a former high school and community college administrator who has spent the past 15 years translating the work of management theorists such as W. Edwards Deming and Russell Ackoff into action that can improve schools and other organizations. She is currently developing a leadership development course for the Iowa Department of Education.

She serves on the board of American Association of School Administrators' Total Quality Network (housed in the Woods Quality Center in Cedar Rapids) and is a member of the editorial board of the American Association for Quality Control. She was a contributing author to the training series "Transformation of American Industry and Total Quality Transformation."

Leddick holds a doctorate in human resource development from Western Michigan University.

For more information, or to register, contact Mary Schmidt at ISE, (319) 335-5350.