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Douglas Reeves

Education Expert on Assessment & School Reform


Dr. Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions. The author of more than 30 books and 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, Doug has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series. He received the Contribution to the Field Award from the National Staff Development Council (now Learning Forward) and was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Dr. Reeves has worked in every state in the U.S. and more than 20 other countries.

His volunteer activities include, providing free and non-commercial support for doctoral students, and The SNAFU Review, publishing the essays, poetry, stories, and artwork of disabled veterans. Doug lives with his family in downtown Boston.


Leadership & Learning: What's New About Change Leadership?

In this provocative keynote address, Dr. Reeves challenges the conventional wisdom about change leadership. Does system-level change really take five to seven years? Is an implementation dip necessary? Is stakeholder buy-in a precondition of significant change? With compelling evidence from different research perspectives, Dr. Reeves challenges these and other prevailing notions of change leadership. In addition, Dr. Reeves addresses these critical topics for educators, school leaders, and policymakers:

  • How can schools save time and money?
  • How can schools innovate in a time of limited resources?
  • How can we assess creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and other 21st-century skills?
  • How can we engage students without pandering to them?
  • How can leaders build resilience and perseverance for students, staff members, and communities?

This presentation is packed with the latest research and practical applications and will simultaneously encourage and challenge every member of the audience.

New Generation Leadership & Teacher Evaluations: Linking Student Results, Teaching Practices & Leadership Strategies in Real Time

With landmark new research, Dr. Reeves provides the latest evidence from a dynamic system linking teaching, learning, and leadership. Accountability and evaluation have been the toxic waste dump of education, humiliating, and alienating students, teachers, and administrators. "It doesn't have to be that way," says Reeves. "We can use accountability as a learning system." The hallmarks of this new research represent three essential shifts. First, accountability changes from summative to formative - teachers and leaders received feedback throughout the year. Second, it is reciprocal - rather than teachers evaluated by administrators and principals evaluated by superintendents, accountability is an interactive process in which both the person assessed and the assessor make contributions to the evidence. Third, it is real-time and future-oriented rather than retrospective and backward-oriented. "The fundamental purpose of accountability is not to rate, rank, and humiliate," Reeves concludes, "but to improve system performance. That is what the new generation of leadership and teacher evaluations can do."

Standards Are Not Enough: Engaging the Hearts & Minds of Every Stakeholder

If we have learned anything during the past two decades of the standards movement, it is that merely delivering a set of standards to the schoolhouse door accomplished nothing. In this interactive presentation, Dr. Reeves identifies the "worst practices" in standards implementation and creates a vision for engaging the intellectual and emotional energy or teachers, students, parents, and educational leaders. This session will consider five essential questions:

  • How am I doing? The student's perspective on standards
  • What do I do? How teachers add value to standards
  • How's my kid doing? The parent's view of standards
  • How is our system performing? The leader's view of standards
  • Is that all there is? 21st-century demands beyond the standards

Change Leadership in Action

Raising Leaders: The Next Educational Imperative

Renewal Coaching: Sustainable Change for Individuals & Organizations

Accountability & Beyond

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