Speakers

Jo Anderson, Jr.
Senior Advisor to the U.S. Secretary of Education

Jo Anderson

Jo Anderson, Jr. is a Senior Advisor to the Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan, and works on a variety of issues including teacher outreach and relations. He recently came to the Department having served as the Executive Director of the Illinois Education Association-NEA (IEA-NEA) since 2005. Prior to this, he held a variety of other positions with IEA-NEA, working particularly on efforts of the union to involve its leaders and members in improving student learning and the public school system in Illinois.

In 1987, he helped found the Consortium for Educational Change (CEC), a network of 75 school districts throughout Illinois working on school transformation through collaborative partnerships. He served as Executive Director of CEC for 18 years. He has a background in community organizing and was affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation. He was a university instructor in philosophy and political science.
 

Brenda Clark
Consultant and former Associate Superintendent for Learning Iredell-Statesville School District

Brenda ClarkBrenda Clark of Brenda Clark Consulting, Inc., was employed by the Iredell-Statesville Schools as the Chief Quality Officer from 2007 - 2008. She became associate superintendent for learning in 2008 and is now responsible for all the academic initiatives of the district. She is actively involved in coaching for school and department improvement plans and all other continuous improvement efforts. Clark served as a category lead in the I-SS Baldrige application process. I-SS received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award in 2008. Clark has a wealth of experience with more than 30 years as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal.

Perviously, she served as principal of Azalea Elementary in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg, FL, for eight years, during which time she led the staff in the utilization of the Baldrige criteria as a framework to improve processes and systems school-wide. The school was recognized as one of the 18 top schools in America by the National Education Association in 1997, was featured in Redbook magazine as one of eight outstanding schools in the United States, and was awarded the Governor’s Sterling Award for Performance Excellence in 2000.

After retiring from Pinellas County Schools in 2000, she joined Jim Shipley and Associates as a senior consultant. While working with Jim Shipley, she worked extensively in the state of New Mexico supporting the statewide implementation of a systems approach to continual improvement to meet the challenges of No Child Left Behind requirements.
 

Lee Jenkins, Ph.D.
Principal
LtoJ Consulting Group

Lee Jenkins

Lee Jenkins, a former California public school educator and superintendent, and now a speaker, consultant, and author, has a lifelong passion for improving education. Jenkins owns LtoJ Consulting Group which focuses on leadership consulting and learning system improvement.

Jenkins is the author of three ASQ books, Boot Camp for Leaders in K-12 Education, Improving Student Learning, and Permission to Forget, all of which address strategies for higher student achievement. He is also the editor of a newsletter and continuous improvement series for ASQ.
 

Maurice Ghysels
Chief Schools Officer
Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE)

Maurice Ghysels

Maurice Ghysels is Chief Schools Officer for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) where he uses quality as the basis for improvement for SCCOE’s 27,000 students. Before joining SCCOE, Ghysels was very successful as the superintendent of the Mountain View Whisman School District.

Additionally, he has extensive classroom teaching and school leadership experience having been a teacher and principal in middle schools and high schools. Ghysels has also had a successful career in corporate and business consulting where his clients included Citigroup, Tyco, and the Children’s Miracle Network. As adjunct professor at Pepperdine’s educational leadership and psychology program and through ASQ, Ghysels publishes a variety of articles related to educational leadership and quality.