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Leveling Up School Systems Through Quality Improvement (QI) Process

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Improvement Science

What is Quality Improvement?

How is QI Implemented?

Example of QI Implementation

Wrap-up and Q&A



The Presenters

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Lanisha Simmons

K-12 ELA Curriculum Manager

Cincinnati Public Schools

Lanisha Simmons began her career in education 12 years ago as a High School English Language Arts teacher. As an educator, she has worked as a Core English Teacher, Intervention Specialist, and Reading Specialist. Lanisha serves as the English Language Arts Curriculum Manager, K-12 for Cincinnati Public Schools. She believes all students deserve access to an education that gives them something no one can take away, freedom. Literacy is how we interact and navigate the world around us. Experience has shown her that more importantly, it is freedom, liberation, and power. Lanisha was born and raised in Columbus, OH, and attended Ohio University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Integrated Language Arts education. She has two Masters Degrees from Ashland University, Curriculum & Instruction (2014) and Educational Leadership (2021). She resides in Cincinnati, OH with her husband and 5-year-old daughter. 



Caitlin Vagedes

School Success Manager


Caitlin Vagedes is an educator, author, leader, advocate, and explorer who has devoted her career to educational equality for all children. She started her higher education at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning, but after a family tragedy, decided to rewrite her story and pursue teaching.  In 2010, her career began at Hughes STEM High School, a year after its founding.  During her time there, she was mentored by the most innovative of educators and helped to establish one of the first schools of its kind in Ohio. Her experience as a secondary English teacher, Team Leader, Department Chair, Reading Specialist, and Instructional Literacy Coach has empowered her to empower the voices of others within her community. Caitlin was a Mary Louise Schroth Scholarship recipient and a Dr. Lawrence C. Hawkins Educator of the Year Finalist.


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