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Merz, Judith R., Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin


In collaborating with members of the local business community during my career as a school superintendent, I became involved with ASQ, the American Society for Quality. Per the organization's Web site, "ASQ has the reputation and reach to bring together the diverse quality champions who are transforming our world"-and what better definition of a chief school administrator than as a champion of quality in a school district? I was particularly attracted to the underlying concept of kaizen, the Japanese business philosophy of continuous improvement for both an organization and an individual. In the school system, this translated to refusing to rest on the laurels of strong test scores or good college placements and a rejection of the idea that "good enough" was good enough! For the educators within the system-including me-the philosophy translated to an emphasis on lifelong learning if we were to serve students effectively.

The authors in this issue echo such an emphasis on lifelong learning as they pursue the theme and explore three main systems to address quality teaching: professional standards, preservice training, and professional development. DKG member Kuenzel, a peer reviewer for The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, shares insights regarding the process for obtaining National Board Certification-a key indicator of quality teaching in the United States. Kern, Lowder, and Crutchfield share the personal side of certification, explaining how meeting the standards made "all the difference" in their careers.

Two teacher-preparation professors shift the focus to the role of preservice education in supporting quality teaching. Pettit shares action research regarding preparing teaching candidates for co-teaching and working with other professionals in inclusive learning environments. …

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