Gray's interest in education--and particularly in making it better--goes back nearly 15 years.
His first book, Quality Education, examined how 'industrial' quality improvement concepts could translate to educational use. It was one of the first books to apply continuous quality improvement principles to education's problems and processes, using primarily the approach Dr. W. Edwards Deming took with commercial applications. One reviewer wrote,
I was completely absorbed by Quality Education ... . I found the concluding chapter on leaders to be very inspiring.
-- Rebecca Pilver, Second Grade Teacher, Somers, Connecticut
When the book came out, Gray worked with several schools and school districts, spoke at a few conferences, and produced a handful of other works on the subject of improving education. The highlight was participating in a Congressional Forum on Quality in Education.
Unfortunately, book sales did not match the initial enthusiasm. It sold a brisk number in the first few years, was used in a few college courses, and can still be found in some libraries. The book is now out of print. We are working on making parts of it available on-line; for example, you can download the Introduction. We may also produce an audio version if there is enough interest.
Gray is no longer working with national educational organizations (he gave up his seat on the Board of Directors of Global Education Motivators in February 2006), but he still takes a deep interest in educational matters. He still thinks about revising the book and re-issuing it, but the time for that hasn't come yet.