PRESS RELEASE - September 24, 2003
New Mexico State Department
of Education

300 Don Gaspar
Santa Fe, NM 87501-2786

Ruth Williams
Public Outreach Director
(505) 476-0393

National Quality in Education Conference To be Held in Albuquerque on November 6-9

(Santa Fe, NM)-- The 11th Annual National Quality in Education Conference (NQEC) will be held on November 6-9, 2003, in Albuquerque at the Hyatt Regency, located at 330 Tijeras NW. “Doorways to Performance Excellence - Standards, Assessment and Accountability” is this year’s theme. Conference partners include the American Society for Quality and its Education Division, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the New Mexico Governor’s Business Executives for Education (GBEEs) and the New Mexico State Department of Education (SDE).

“NQEC brings together school administrators, businesses leaders and teachers to share ways to use quality tools, processes and techniques to improve schools. This year’s conference will explore the links between fulfilling America’s expectations for educational improvement and the use of proven approaches like the Baldrige Criteria,” said Dr. Susanna Murphy, the SDE’s deputy superintendent.

Peter Senge, the author of The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization, identified by the Harvard Business Review as one of the five most influential management books of the past two decades, is one of three featured speakers. Senge is a senior lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and is founding chairman of the Society for Organizational Learning (SOL), a global community of organizations, researchers and consultants dedicated to building knowledge about fundamental institutional change. Based on the powerful new field book, Schools That Learn, Senge will share how companies, schools, agencies, and working teams of all sorts can undo their “learning disability” and achieve superior performance.

Dr. Willard Daggett, president of International Center for Leadership in Education in New York, will speak on “Preparing American’s New Workforce for Our Changing World.” Dr. Daggett has held both teaching and administrative positions at the secondary, two-year college, four-year liberal arts college and university levels. And Dr. Michele Borba, author of “Building Moral Intelligence: The Seven Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing,” will speak. Dr. Borba has been a frequent guest on National Public Radio and numerous television talk shows. Her book Parents Do Make a Difference was selected by Child Magazine as a 1999 Outstanding Parenting Book of the Year.

The American Society for Quality, a 108,000-member professional association, is the administrator of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The conference is free to all media. Those who wish to attend can register by calling Chris Lochemes at 800-248-1946, extension 7420. On-site registration will be available.