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Douglas  Reeves

Douglas Reeves

Education Expert on Assessment & School Reform


Douglas Reeves is the founder of Creative Leadership Solutions, a non-profit with the mission to improve educational opportunities for students throughout the world using creative solutions for leadership, policy, teaching, and learning. Dr. Reeves is also the founder of DouglasReeves.com, ChangeLeaders.com, and has created a non-profit called FinishTheDissertation.org, which helps doctoral students finish their dissertations via phone, Skype, or personal conferences. Read More >

Dr. Reeves has worked with education, business, non-profit, and government organizations throughout the world. The author of more than 30 books and more than 80 articles on leadership and organizational effectiveness, he has twice been named to the Harvard University Distinguished Authors Series and was named the Brock International Laureate for his contributions to education. Dr. Reeves received both the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of Secondary School Principals and the Parent's Choice Award for his writing for children and parents. His career of work in professional learning led to the Contribution to the Field Award from the National Staff Development Council. For his international work, Dr. Reeves was named the William Walker Scholar by the Australian Council of Educational Leaders. Read Less ^

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Speech Topics

Deep Change Leadership

As the nation emerges from the ravages of the pandemic and school closures, changes in instruction, engagement, schedules, curriculum, and assessment will be essential. Schools that cling to the old model of change will be still attempting to make change happen five years from now. It is, therefore, time for a change in change leadership. The change model that educational leaders have used to create and implement change for the past fifty years is irretrievably broken. More than 70% of change efforts fail, and fewer than 10% are implemented as planned. Read More >

In this interactive learning experience, participants will: Read Less ^

  • Evaluate and analyze existing change models
  • Synthesize the latest and best research on change
  • Apply the new research on change to current challenges at the school and district levels

Engaging Every Student and Staff Member: Keys to Motivation and Commitment

In this new keynote, Dr. Reeves provides the latest research on engagement for students and staff. He contrasts the “engagement illusion”—when things look good, but students are disengaged—to authentic engagement, which includes risk-taking, innovation, and real learning. He also addresses the keys to motivation, including competence, personal meaning, progress, and a deep sense of meaning—all essential for both students and classroom educators.

Equity and Excellence Right Now: The 90 90 90 Solution

In this session based on his book, Achieving Equity and Excellence, Dr. Reeves will share the latest research on equity. Since the original publication of the 90 90 90 studies, we have learned a great deal about school improvement in high-poverty schools. This session will include compelling new evidence on how schools make a profound difference in the lives of students in poverty. Some of the evidence challenges conventional beliefs about dealing with students in poverty. The emerging research and science on this subject will help teachers, leaders, and policymakers allocate resources and time wisely to help students in poverty achieve their potential.

Fearless Schools

The world needs fearless schools. As the world slowly emerges from the global pandemic, fear and uncertainty plague schools. Students and staff members want to know the answers to these unanswerable questions: When will things get back to normal? How will I ever catch up? How can educators and administrators restore relationships with students and colleagues after a prolonged absence? Educational leaders cannot provide certainty in an uncertain world. But they can provide an environment that is physically and psychologically safe. The essence of fearless schools, Dr. Reeves explains, is psychological safety. In this interactive keynote presentation, he explains how leaders and teachers build and maintain trust and psychological safety, and how sometimes these ideals are inadvertently undermined. Participants will engage in rich discussion and reflection based on a large body of 21st Century evidence. Special attention is paid to resilience—bouncing back from physical, emotional, and psychological injury.