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Perry Soldwedel

Perry Soldwedel is a coach and consultant to district leaders. He specializes in systems thinking, shared leadership, strategic planning, data collection, measurement, and professional learning communities.


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Perry Soldwedel

Perry Soldwedel is a consultant for the Consortium of Educational Change (a nonprofit association of school districts, mostly in the Chicago area). He specializes in training, facilitating, and coaching district and school leaders as they strive to improve their organization, team, and personal performance results. Perry has been a grant projects coach for the Wallace, Joyce, and the GE foundations.

He also leads external review teams at the district and building levels to provide feedback related to continuous improvement frameworks. His expertise is in the areas of systems thinking; shared leadership; strategic planning; data collection, measurement, information, and analysis; customer service; and aligning school districts as professional learning communities.

Perry is a former school district superintendent, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, technology director, principal, assistant principal, and elementary and middle school teacher. He is an adjunct professor for the University of Illinois, teaching Quality Improvement in Education. His leadership as superintendent of Pekin Public School District 108 earned the district two US Department of Education Blue Ribbon School awards, USDE Technology Challenge Grant Award, and the National School Boards Association’s Institute for the Transfer of Technology National Technology School District of the Year Award.

Perry is former Illinois representative for the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development national board of directors; a member and past chairman of the national advisory board for the American Society for Quality; and a member of the Illinois Education Advisory Committee, Illinois Lincoln Foundation for Performance Excellence.

Perry holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Bradley University, and Western Illinois University.

Presentations by Perry Soldwedel

  • Establishing What a District Must Be TIGHT About to Become a Professional Learning Community
  • Engaging Stakeholders in Setting Organizational Direction
  • Designing a Data System From the Classroom to the Boardroom
  • Aligning Performance Evaluation Systems With Professional Learning Community Nonnegotiables
  • Next Steps on the Professional Learning Community Journey
  • Coaching Leaders to the Next Level of Performance
  • Coaching Leaders on Shared Accountability and Productive Relationships
  • Ensuring a Safe Data Culture for Collaborative Teams