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Enter to Win Our 2nd Annual Alabama’s Best Contest

Enter to Win Our 2nd Annual Alabama’s Best Contest

              Our 2nd Annual Alabama’s Best Contest is underway! The contest – sponsored by LEAN Frog in association with the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB) – recognizes best practices and innovations in K-12 public schools that impact student achievement and promote effective and efficient use of public resources…. Read more »

10 Lean Six Sigma Sayings, Proverbs, or Just General Good Points

10 Lean Six Sigma Sayings, Proverbs, or Just General Good Points

You may not hear these phrases every day in your school system’s central office or schools, but if you did and your staff thought like this…. What difference would they be making in the lives of your students, parents and communities?  I am not sure who first authored the below phrases, but these phrases are… Read more »

Lean Six Sigma in Public Education – 5 Best Practices for Implementation

Lean Six Sigma in Public Education – 5 Best Practices for Implementation

1.  You Have Customers; They Come First School systems are complex organizations that meet the needs of various stakeholders, both internal and external.  These stakeholders are the customers of your school system.   The school system’s focus must flow through all of these customer pathways to the final and most important customer – the students.   The… Read more »

Reflecting on 2014 Opportunities and Looking Ahead to 2015

Reflecting on 2014 Opportunities and Looking Ahead to 2015

As 2014 comes to a close, we take this time to reflect on the many wonderful opportunities the year provided.  Through collaborations with our esteemed partners and with the hard work of our amazing team members, LEAN Frog has been privileged to serve and support students, educators, and communities.  I’d like to take a moment… Read more »

Best Practices in Public Education: More than a Buzzword

Best Practices in Public Education:  More than a Buzzword

You’ve probably seen the Weird Al Yankovich video “Mission Statement” parodying the buzz words that are so commonplace in corporate America (If not click the image below… it’s worth a look). While “Best Practices” may not be the latest vogue phrase in education, it is used frequently.  Google “best practices in public education” and you will… Read more »

DISC, The Superpower for Facilitators

DISC, The Superpower for Facilitators

With all of the debate surrounding the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie (e.g., Ben Affleck cast as Batman; Jesse Eisenberg portraying Lex Luthor with hair; Gal Gadot cast as Wonder Woman – leading to  the huge debate over whether she can carry a stand alone Wonder Woman movie), I can’t help but think about the… Read more »

Lean Procedures: What’s It Going to Cost Me?

Lean Procedures:  What’s It Going to Cost Me?

When discussing the implementation of lean processes in school systems, leaders are often concerned with cost and rightfully so.  In many situations, environmental circumstances force schools to spend less and less per pupil.  Every dollar must count.  People must question whether or not their system can afford lean initiatives.  As a small business owner, I… Read more »

LEAN Energy: Simple Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

LEAN Energy:  Simple Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

Are you looking for ways for your school to “go green” but do not have a large budget to hire an energy management consulting company?  Think Lean Energy.   At its heart, Lean focuses on eliminating waste from the value stream of a product or service.  (Click here  to see some examples of wasteful activities in… Read more »

Citizenship in the Digital Age: It Takes a Village

Citizenship in the Digital Age:  It Takes a Village

We gave our son a smart phone for his birthday.  My wife has been concerned for a number of reasons- the potential costs (she envisions enormous bills because of texting and downloading games), that the phone will be lost or stolen, that our son will lose his love for hardcopy books (he’s a voracious reader)… Read more »